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More like you

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

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Lord God,

Please make me
More and more
Like you.

May my mind
Be more like
Your mind,

My heart
Be more like
Your heart,

And my soul
Be more like
Your soul,

Now,
And for evermore,
Amen.

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In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

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

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT).

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

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I cannot love my mother

Honour your father and mother (Exodus 20:12; NLT).

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

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

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

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).

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Lord,

I cannot love my mother
As a parent,
Because of her
Emotional abuse.

Nor can I ever love her
As a neighbour,
For we cannot agree
A basic truce.

I cannot even love her
As a foe, Lord,
Though you’d think that would be
Just what I could do.

So instead, I try to love her
As a stranger,
And as if that stranger, Lord my God,
Is you.

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Stop!

Stop!

Be still.
Be silent.

In darkness,
Sit alone.

Wait patiently,
And listen,

For God
Is in your soul.

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Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:9; NIV).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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Silent awe

The whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:3; NIV).

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

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe (Psalm 5:7; NLT).

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

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Lord,

When I am deep
In contemplation,

My inner darkness
Opens, to reveal

Your glory, in all things,
Including me.

Then I worship you,
My God,

In silent awe.

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The greatest tragedy

“My people are foolish and do not know me,” says the Lord Jeremiah 4:22; NLT).

They never call on the Lord (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (Revelation 3:17; NIV).

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

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Lord God,
The greatest tragedy
Of all
Is living unaware of you,
And of your love.

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All are one

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

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).

The Lord our God is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).

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

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I love you, Lord,
But there’s no me,
Nor you,
For we are One.

We love you, Lord,
But there’s no us,
Nor you,
For all are One.

One Lord, one God,
One Love,
That’s all there is –
For all are One.

 

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