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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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At harvest

At harvest, Lord,
You sift our thoughts, 
To separate the darnel
From the wheat,

Then burn our weeds
In your consuming fire,
But store the Spirit’s fruit 
Within your barn. 

At harvest, Lord, 
You probe our words,
To separate the cruel
From the kind,

Then burn our sins 
In your devouring fire,
But store the Spirit’s fruit 
Within your barn. 

At harvest, Lord, 
You judge our deeds,
To separate the evil
From the good,

Then burn our sins 
In your destroying fire,
But store the Spirit’s fruit 
Within your barn. 

 

References

NB Darnel means weeds.

Let both [weeds and wheat] grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn (Matthew 13:30; NIV).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

From the heart come evil thoughts (Matthew 5:19; NLT). 

The mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words (Proverbs 15:28; NLT).

All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads (Obadiah 1:15; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

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You are God’s light

You are God’s light,
His lamp for our feet.

You are God’s truth,
His Word in our minds. 

You are God’s fire,
His flame in our hearts.

You are God’s peace,
His rest for our souls.

You are God’s Son,
His image, his call.

You are God’s love,
His care for us all.

 

References 

Light
I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).
God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet (Psalm 119:105; NLT).

Truth
I am the way the truth and the life (John 14:6; NIV).
The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).
The Word became human and made his home among us (John 1:14; NLT).

Fire
He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11; NLT).
The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 
Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

Peace 
Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).
The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).
I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NIV).

Christ
This is my Son, my Chosen One (Luke 9:35; NLT).
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; NLT).
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent (Luke 5:32; NLT).

Love
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5-6; RSV).
God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT). 
He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

 

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Each life conceived

 

You are each life conceived; 
Each messy birth;

You are the air we breathe;
All life on earth. 

You are the light we see;
The storms we brave;

You are each heartfelt plea;  
The peace we crave.

You are our comfort here;  
Our daily bread; 

You are the fire we fear;        
The judge we dread.

You are the way to live; 
The pain we face;

You are the love we give;
The source of grace.

You are the food we eat;
The cup we drink;

You are the truth we seek –
Our missing link.

 

References

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

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

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

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35; NLT).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24).

God will judge us (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will […] find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT). 

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

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When we return

 

Lord, 

When we return to you   
In death, 

The bad things we have thought, 
And done, and said

Will be devoured 
By your raging fire,     

Destroyed, forgotten,
Just as you desire.

Then you will welcome
All in us that’s good,

Uniting us with you,
For you are Love.

 

References

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

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).

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

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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We cannot have your light

 

Lord,

We cannot have your light
If we don’t live by your truth.

We cannot have your light
If we dare not face your fire.

We cannot have your light
If we do not build your peace.

We cannot have your light
If we fail to give your love.

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

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

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Light

 

Lord,
You are light –
And how brightly you shine!

Lord, 
You are fire –
And how fiercely you burn!

Lord,
You are love –
And how deeply you care!

Lord,
You are truth –
Please help me to learn!

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

You will grow as you learn to know God better and better (Colossians 1:10: NLT).

 

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