light, fire, love, peace, prayer, faith, contemplation, God,

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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Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,

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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Hidden in my flesh

Hidden in my flesh,
I sense your kingdom.

Hidden in my mind,
I know your grace.

Hidden in my heart,
I find your temple.

Hidden in my soul,
I see your face.

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You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

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

You live under the freedom of God’s grace (Romans 6:14; NLT).

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

I will […] see your face (Psalm 17:15; NIV).

God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

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May we welcome all

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

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your temple (Psalm 5:7; NLT).

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

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Lord,

May we welcome all
Into your kingdom,

May we offer all
Your warm embrace;

May we usher all
Into your temple,

And may we share with all
Your perfect grace.

 

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Saying grace

And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20; NLT).

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people (John 6:11; NLT).

‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’ ” (Matthew 4:4; NLT).

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you for giving me food,
To nourish my body;

Books,
To nourish my mind;

Relationships,
To nourish my heart;

And contemplation,
To nourish my soul.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Love

For the LORD your God is gracious and merciful (2 Chronicles 30:9; NLT).

God is more glorious than the moon; he shines brighter than the stars (Job 25:5; NLT).

For God is so wise (Job 9:4; NLT).

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? (Romans 2:4; NLT).

But the LORD our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him (Daniel 9:9; NLT).


Lord,
It’s easy to love you,
Because you are

Gracious,
And merciful,

Glorious,
And wise,

Tolerant,
And kind,

Patient,
And forgiving…

But why do you
Love me?

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