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Thank you

 

Thank you for my family,
Which means, Lord, all who live,
Including those I fear and dread,
And all those I forgive.

Thank you for my family,
Which means, Lord, all unborn,
Including those who wait, who dwell
With you, and those I mourn.

Thank you for my family,
Which means, Lord, all the dead,
Including those I’ve loved and lost,
Whose souls have gone ahead.

Thank you for my family,
Which means, Lord, all to come,
Including those who hate and kill,
For all of us are one.

Thank you for my family,
Which means the human race,
For you, Lord God, make all of us,
And all will see your face.

 

References

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Don’t you realise that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

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

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The Son of God

 

The Son of God came down to earth
In flesh and bones and blood,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To show us all his love.

He struggled to survive this world
Of hunger, thirst, and cold,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To make us strong and bold.

He came to set the world on fire
With faith, and hope, and care,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To comfort, and to share.

He drained the dregs from sorrow’s cup
Of anguish, pain, and tears,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To help us face our fears.

Our Saviour suffered life and death,
Humble, poor, roughshod;
And now his Spirit lives in us
To guide us back to God.

 

References

When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law (Galatians 4:4; NLT).

The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head (Luke 9:58; NLT).

He will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit (Ephesians 3:16; NLT).

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; NLT).

We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20; NLT).

 

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When I rest

 

When I rest,
You rest beside me,
Watching over me
In sleep.

When I walk,
You walk beside me,
Helping where the path
Is steep.

When I sit,
You sit beside me,
Teaching me
The way ahead.

When I fear,
You stay beside me,
Sharing all my tears
And dread.

When I stray
You stray beside me,
Guarding me with staff
And rod.

When I pray,
You pray beside me,
Lifting up my heart
To God.

 

References

He who watches over you will not slumber (Psalm 121:3; NIV).

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them (Luke 24:15; NIV).

Jesus told him, “I am the way” (John 14:6; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

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Giving up

 

Father God,
I feel like giving up;

Turning my face to the wall,
And giving up.

Yet with your help, Lord,
I can scale this wall,

And stand up to a multitude
Of fears;

For with you
There is strength, Lord God,
And healing;

But without you
Only hopelessness,
And tears.

 

References

So I gave up in despair (Ecclesiasticus 2:20; NLT).

When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall (2 Kings 20:2; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

He heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3; NLT).

You lived in this world without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12; NLT).

Day and night I have only tears for food (Psalm 42:3; NLT).

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No room

 

May there be no room for scorn
Within my mind, dear One;
No trace of slight, or disregard,
But only thou, God’s Son.

May there be no room for hate
Within my heart, dear Christ;
No trace of spite, or bitterness,
But only sacrifice.

May there be no room for fear
Within my soul, dear Lord;
No trace of dread, or cowardice,
But only love outpoured.

 

References

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18; RSV).

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Wherever we are

Wherever we are
You’re with us, Lord;
Whatever we do, 
You’re there.
Wherever we go, 
You stay with us, 
For we are one, 
In prayer.

Whenever we speak, 
You hear us, Lord;
Whatever we feel, 
You care.
Whenever we ask,
You talk to us,
For we are one, 
In prayer. 

Whoever we meet, 
You help us, Lord;
Whatever we fear, 
You dare.
Whatever we lose, 
You comfort us, 
For we are one, 
In prayer.

Whatever we think, 
You love us, Lord;
Whatever we face, 
You share. 
Whoever we are, 
We’re one with you,
When we remain 
In prayer. 

 

References 

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me (Psalm 139:7-10; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14; NIV).

In your strength I can crush an army (2 Samuel 22:30; NLT).

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4; NIV).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT). 

Pray continually (1Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

 

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Rain, your tears, Lord

Today is the first day of Lent, so I want to share with you a favourite poem I first posted a long time ago:

 

Rain,
Your tears, Lord;
Sun,
Your light.

Stars,
Your beauty;
Frost,
Your night.

Fire,
Your anger;
Earth,
Your bed.

Rocks,
Your footpath;
Stones,
Your bread.

Blood,
Your life force;
Dust,
Your flesh.

Fear,
Your anguish;
Pain,
Your death.

 

References

Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head (Luke 9:58; NLT).

If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread (Matthew 4:3; NLT).

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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