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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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Six words

 

Six words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Lord, I praise your holy name –
That’s all we need to say.

Five words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
I rejoice in you, Lord –
And that’s all we need to say.

Four words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
I forgive my enemies –
That’s all we need to say.

Three words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Forgive my sins; forgive my sins –
That’s all we need to say.

Two words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Thank you; thank you; thank you –
And that’s all we need to say.

One word is sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Father; Father; Father –
And that’s all we need to say.

No words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day,
So let us kneel in silence –
He knows all we need to say.

 

References

When you pray, don’t babble on and on (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

Praise his holy name (Psalm 30:4; NLT).

His name is the Lord – rejoice in his presence! (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

All glory to God our Father forever and ever! (Philippians 4:20; NLT).

The Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

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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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Unity

 

Father,
Here I am,
Co-equal God,
The first of Three.

Jesus,
Here I am,
The Son of God,
In Trinity.

Spirit,
Here I am,
One with our God,
And One with me.

Father, Son,
And Spirit,
Threefold God,
In Unity.

 

References

There is only one God (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

The baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).

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

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

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

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New day

 

Thank you, Lord,
For this new day.

May I rejoice
Along the way,

Express your love
In all I say,

And never cease
To watch and pray.

 

References

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation (Matthew 26:41; NIV).

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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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Pray for us

 

Most glorious Father,
Our consuming fire.

How we adore you, Christ, 
Our purifier.

Pray for us, Holy Ghost, 
Our souls inspire.

O glorious Three in One –
Our hearts’ desire.

 

References

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

The blood of Jesus […] purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:7; NIV).

The Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding (Job 32:8; KJV). 

Our hearts’ desire is to glorify your name (Isaiah 26:8; NLT).

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