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Abba, Father

Abba, Father, 
I love you;
And, to my amazement, 
You love me. 

Abba, Father,
I love you;
And, to my delight,
You set me free. 

Abba, Father,
I love you;
And, to my relief,
You heal my soul.

Abba, Father,
I love you;
And, to my great joy, 
You make me whole. 

 

References

Because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6; NLT).

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

I have paid the price to set you free (Isaiah 44:22; NLT).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

He was beaten so we could be whole (Isaiah 53:5; NLT).

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Exile (Isaiah 9:1-7; NRSV).

Lord,

I spent my early years
In bondage;
My teens and twenties
Trying to escape.

My thirties in the desert
Of depression;
My anxious forties 
In a pathless waste.

My fifties brought me    
To your promised freedom,
A land where I could start
To change and grow.

My sixties came with sickness,  
Loss, restriction,
Yet love and joy at last  
Began to flow. 

How many years remain? 
I cannot guess, Lord.
At present, I have time 
And space to pray –

No longer far from you,
Condemned to exile, 
I dwell in you, and you in me,
Each day. 

 

References

We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand (Deuteronomy 6:21; NLT).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

He chose the Promised Land for our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

You love him even though you have never seen him […] and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8; NLT).

All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

The yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken (Isaiah 9:4; NRSV).

 

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You offer us creation

 

You offer us creation,
And you offer us your earth;

You offer us your advent,
And you offer us your birth.

You offer us forgiveness,
And you offer us your love;

You offer us your body,
And you offer us your blood. 

You offer us salvation,
And eternal life with you —

But we can spurn them all, Lord,  
For you offer freedom, too! 

 

References

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it (Genesis 2:14; NLT). 

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel [God with us] (Isaiah 7:15; NIV). 

I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6; NLT).

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life (John 6:54; NIV).

God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9; NIV).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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Free will

Don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil (1 Peter 2:16; NLT).

The Lord is our judge (Isaiah 33:22; KJV).

He will judge everyone according to what they have done (Romans 2:6; NLT).

 

Friends,
We have free will.

We can indulge
Our selfishness,
Anger,
Hatred,
And violence
To our hearts’ content –

God will not intervene.

But when we stand before him
After death,
Make no mistake:

We’ll face the consequence
Of every thought,
And word,
And deed
Before our judge.

 

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Women and girls

There is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus 
(Galatians 3:28; NKJV).

All of you are equal as brothers and sisters (Matthew 23:8; NLT).

 

Lord,
I pray for all the women and girls
Throughout the world
Who are condemned
To lives of inferior status,
Value,
Power,
Freedom,
And opportunity
By men –
For all of us
Are equal in your sight,
Almighty God.

 

 

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Enlightenment

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world (John 1:9; NRSV).

You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons (Isaiah 42:7; NLT).

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36; NIV).

Lord,
Thank you that
Your Son came
To enlighten us –

Setting us free
To think for ourselves,
And make up our own minds;

Releasing us
To discover and explore you
For ourselves;

Encouraging us
To change and grow
Throughout our lives;

And helping each of us
To build o
ur own relationship
With you.

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Freedom

“God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13; NIV).

He has sent me … to proclaim freedom for the captives (Isaiah 61:1; NIV).

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me (John 16:2-3; NLT).

 

Lord,
I pray for those who value spoken worship,
And for those who love silence;

For those who prostrate themselves before you,
And for those who simply bow their heads;

For those who say long, formal prayers,
And for those who only whisper, ‘Lord, have mercy’;

For those who want freedom for themselves alone,
And for those who want abundant life for all;

For those who slaughter others in your name,
And for the families and friends of those they kill.

I ask all this through Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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