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I lift my hands

Lord,
I lift my hands to you,
May my being sing:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
My Father, and my King.

Lord,
I lift my eyes to you,
May my tongue rejoice:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
My Living God, my Choice.

Lord,
I lift my face to you,
May my actions say:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
My Life, my Truth, my Way.

Lord,
I lift my heart to you,
May my prayers express:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
My Goal, my Path, my Quest.

Lord,
I lift my soul to you,
May my spirit cry:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
Until the day I die.

 

References

The Father himself loves you dearly (John 16:27; NLT).

He is the living God and the everlasting King! (Jeremiah 10:10; NLT).

Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward (Philippians 3:14; NIV).

I am the the Holy One living among you (Hosea 11:9; NLT).

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You faced your cross

 

Lord,
You faced your cross
Forgiving others;
May I face my own
In the same way.

Lord,
You faced your pain 
With care for others;
May I face my own
In the same way.

Lord,
You faced your death 
With love for others;
May I face my own
In the same way.

 

References

When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross […] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NLT).

He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

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In all things

 

Lord,

You’re present
In all things,
But we don’t recognise 
Your face,

Or thank you, Lord,
For all you do
To make us new,
And give us grace.

 

References

When they look, they won’t really see (Luke 8:10; NLT).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

He renews you by his love (Zephaniah 3:17; NET).

He gives us grace (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

 

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Truly free

I thought some of you might be interested to see how a prayer can continue to grow, even after I think it’s finished. So here, as a bonus, is yesterday’s blog, with a brand-new, unexpected second half, written this morning:

 

Come, sit with me
And seek my voice;
Then you will know me,
And rejoice.

Come, rest with me
And seek my face;
Then you will share
My peace and grace.

Come, walk with me
And take my hand;
Then you will join
My pilgrim band.

Come, take your cross
And follow me;
Then you will find
You’re truly free.

 

References

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

Keep on seeking and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

Your own ears will hear him. (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

May God give you more and more grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19; NKJV).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

If the Son sets you free, you are truly free (John 8:36; NLT).

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Contemplation

Come, sit with me,
And seek my voice,

Then you will know me,
And rejoice.

Come, rest with me,
And seek my face,

Then you will share
My peace and grace.

 

References

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

Your own ears will hear him. (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him (Psalm 64:10; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

May God give you more and more grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

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When we lose you

Jesus, 
When we lose you   
In our troubles,
May we search until
We find your peace.

Spirit,
When we lose you 
In our sorrow,
May we search until
We share your love.

Mary,
When we lose you
In our sickness,
May we search until 
We know your grace. 

Father,
When we lose you
In our darkness, 
May we search
Until we see your face.

 

References 

O God, you are my God. I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

Here is your mother (John 19:27; NLT). 

Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; KJV).

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Every hour

Every hour, Lord, 
Brings me closer
To the time 
When I will quit this body.

Every second
Brings me closer 
To the time 
When I will see your face.

Every moment
Brings me closer
To the time
When I will hear you speaking.

Every instant
Brings me closer
To the timeless peace 
Of your embrace.  

 

References

 Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1; NIV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

The dead will hear my voice (John 5:25; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

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