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Empty me

 

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with Christ,

So I will be ready
For each sacrifice.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with prayer,

So I will be ready  
To give, and to care.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with love,

So I will be ready 
For heaven above.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with grace, 

So I will be ready
To gaze on your face.

 

References 

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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

My grace is all you need (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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Thank you

 

Thank you 
For your light, Lord,
Your peace, your truth
Your love;

Your darkness, 
Fire, 
Hate,
And indignation.

Thank you 
For your justice,
Your judgement,
And your law;

Your mercy, 
Fairness, 
Grace, Lord,   
And salvation.

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

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

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

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

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

I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing (Isaiah 61:8; NLT).

The nations will not be able to endure his indignation (Jeremiah 10:10; NKJV).

Don’t you realise God’s justice continues forever? (Psalm 52:1; NLT).

God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

The sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will (Romans 8:7; NLT). 

The Lord our God is merciful (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

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Beyond our understanding

 

Lord, 

You are beyond
Our understanding.

A ceaseless, towering fire; 
An infinite sea of grace.

A deep, protective darkness; 
A glorious, dazzling light.

A fathomless ocean of sorrow; 
A boundless, eternal peace.

A mysterious, measureless wisdom;
A sacred, absolute truth.

A terrible, blazing anger; 
A timeless, unfailing love.

 

References 

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

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

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

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

The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

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

My anger blazes forth like fire and burns to the depths of the grave (Deuteronomy 32:22; NLT).

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

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I return to you

 

Father,
I return to you;
I love you.

Lord,
You run to welcome me;
You love me.

Lord,
You take me in your arms;
You love me. 

Lord,
You kiss and hold me tight;
You love me.

 

Father,
You forgive my sins;
You love me.

Lord,
You heal me through and through;  
You love me.

Lord,
You crown me with your grace;
You love me.

Lord,
I am in paradise: 
You love me.

 

References

“Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 3:7; NIV).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

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

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and  crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:3-4; NLT).

He gives us grace and glory (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

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

Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NLT).

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I know nothing

 

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are light;

Please shine upon me every day, 
So I can see your might.

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are fire;

Consume my sins incessantly,
But shield me from your ire.

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are peace;

Comfort me in all my woes,
Until my life must cease. 

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are grace;

Forgive and save me, Father God,
So I may see your face.

 

References 

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power (Ephesians 1:19; NLT).

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

The Lord your God is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you (Deuteronomy 6:15; NIV).

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

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

God saved you by his grace when you believed (Ephesians 2:8; 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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Your children

 

May we, your children,
Shine with radiant light.   

May we, your children,
Praise you day and night.

May we, your children,
Bear our cross each day.

May we, your children,
Tread your narrow way.

May we, your children,
Thank you that we live.

May we, your children,
Work hard to forgive.

May we, your children,
Serve you, Lord, with grace. 

May we, your children,
One day see your face.

 

References

The righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom (Matthew 13:43; NLT).

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

Take up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:14; NIV).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14; NIV). 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10; NIV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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You hold us all

 

You hold us all 
As tight as we can bear, Lord,

And help us through the trials
We must face.

Please help us to be patient 
In our sorrows,

So we can all endure them
With your grace. 

 

References

You hold me (Psalm 18:48; NLT).

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

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Corinthians 6:4; NLT).

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich (2 Corinthians 8:9; NLT).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

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