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Our closest friend

Lord,

Your Spirit
Is our closest friend –

Here, in light and darkness,
To life’s end;

In joy and sorrow, 
Suffering and pain,  

Till we return to you,   
In heaven again. 

 

References 

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever (John 14:16; NIV). 

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). 

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that the God’s Spirit of dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; RSV).

Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; RSV). 

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

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

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In your light

Hello, everyone. I woke at 5am today, and, to my great joy and relief, received the inspiration to start writing again. Thank you so much to those who sent messages of comfort, support and encouragement. So, here is today’s newly-minted prayer:

 

I hold my friends, Lord,
In your light,
Which streams into the world
Both day and night. 

I hold my neighbours
In your peace,
Which streams into the world, Lord,
Without cease.

I hold my foes, Lord, 
In your truth,
Which streams into the world
To end abuse. 

I hold all people
In your blood,
Which streams into the world
To bring us love.

 

References

I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another (2 John 1:5; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

See, see, where Christ’s blood streams in the firmament! (Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, Act 5; Scene 2).

If you love your neighbour, you will fulfil the requirements of God’s law (Romans 13:8; NLT).

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

Love your enemies! (Luke 6:35; NLT).

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

Supplement your […] brotherly affection with love for everyone (2 Peter 1:7; NLT).

He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

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

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We belong to you

 

Thank you, Lord,
That we belong to you;

We are your people –
Family, and friends; 

Disciples, servants,
Followers, and slaves,

Your sons and daughters, Lord, 
Until life’s end. 

 

References

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

I will be their God, and they shall be my people (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Jesus replied […], “Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:33-5; NLT).

Our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11; NLT).

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples (John 13:35; NLT).

I am the Lord’s servant (Luke 1:38; NLT).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

Whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:44; NLT).

I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18; NLT).

To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NIV).

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Every time I fail

 

Lord, 

Every time I fail 
To love my neighbours,

Strangers, migrants, 
Enemies, or friends,

May I admit my guilt and shame
Before you, 

Then turn to them,
And try to make amends.

 

References

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends (Proverbs 17:9; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God (Matthew 5:23-4; NLT). 

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The best kind of love

 

Dear Friend,

We both suffer, 
So I send my love –

My deep fellow-feeling;
That’s my kind of love. 

Better than pity,
I’m sending my love –

My deep fellow-feeling;
That’s my kind of love.

Stronger  than sympathy, 
Sending my love –

My deep fellow-feeling;
That’s my kind of love.

Greater than empathy, 
Sending my love –

My deep fellow-feeling;
The best kind of love.

 

References

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

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11; NIV).

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

We do not have a great high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

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A holy faith

As you build yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life (Jude 1:20-21; CSB).

 

We cannot build
A holy faith
By judging those
Who don’t behave like us.

We cannot build
A holy faith
By hating those
Who don’t agree with us.

We cannot build
A holy faith
By killing those
Who don’t share our beliefs.

We only build
A holy faith
By loving all our enemies,
And friends.

 

References

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else’ (Luke 18:11; NLT).

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! (Matthew 7:4-5; NLT).

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right” (Acts 10:34-5; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

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A holy faith



As you build yourselves up in your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the
love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life
(Jude 1:20-21; CSB).


We cannot build a holy faith  
By judging those who don't behave like us.

We cannot build a holy faith
By hating those who don't agree with us.

We cannot build a holy faith    
By killing those who don't share our beliefs.

We only build a holy faith
By loving all our enemies, and friends.


References

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer:
‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like
everyone else’ (Luke 18:11; NLT).

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me
help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you
can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite!
(Matthew 7:4-5; NLT).

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God
shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts
those who fear him and do what is right”
(Acts 10:34-5; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy
10:19; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).



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