Body, heart, kindness, mind, Prayer, soul

Communion

 

Father,
May this sacred Host
Stay on my tongue today,
Then I will grow more like your Son
In everything I say.

Father,
May this precious Host
Become part of my mind,
Then I will grow more like your Son,
For my thoughts will be kind.

Father,
May this blessed Host
Be drawn into my heart,
Then I will grow more like your Son,
And choose the better part.

Father,
May this perfect Host
Remain within my soul,
Then all I think, and say, and do
Will help make others whole.

 

References

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:41-2; NRSV).

Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord (Romans 15:2; NLT).

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Dying

 

Lord,
My flesh is dying:
Please make my spirit new.
Then I will constantly rejoice,
Although my days are few.

Lord,
My mind is dying:
Please make my spirit strong.
Then I will pray unceasingly,
And worship all night long.

Lord,
My heart is dying:
Please make my spirit clean.
Then I will thank you constantly,
Although you are unseen.

Lord,
My life is ending:
Please make my spirit whole.
Then I will see your face at last,
As you receive my soul.

 

References

Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day (2 Corinthians 4:16; NLT).

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).

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up (Luke 18:1; NLT).

Create in me a clean heart (Psalm 51:10; NLT).

No one has ever seen God (John 1:18; NLT).

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

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

God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me (Psalm 49:15; NLT).

 

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Your temple

When Jesus said, “this temple,” he meant his own body
(John 2:21; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
You seem a long way off,
But you’re not far at all,
For our bodies are your courtyard,
So you hear us when we call.

Lord,
You seem reserved, remote,
But you’re not far away,
For our minds are your house of prayer,
Where we can talk each day.

Lord,
You seem withdrawn, removed,
But you’re not very far,
For our hearts are your temple,
And the door remains ajar.

Lord,
You seem concealed, cut off,
But we are not alone,
For our souls are your sanctuary,
And you, the cornerstone.

 

References

O Lord, why do you stand so far away? (Psalm 10:1; NLT).

He is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NLT).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:19; NLT). 

Praise him, you who serve the Lord, you who serve in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God (Psalm 135:1; NLT).

He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears (Psalm 18:6; NLT).

My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7; NLT).

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

I saw a door standing open in heaven (Revelation 4:1; NLT).

Take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary (1 Chronicles 28:10; NLT).

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple (1 Peter 2:4; NLT).

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I lift my hands

Lord,
I lift my hands to you,
May my being sing:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
My Father, and my King.

Lord,
I lift my eyes to you,
May my tongue rejoice:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
My Living God, my Choice.

Lord,
I lift my face to you,
May my actions say:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
My Life, my Truth, my Way.

Lord,
I lift my heart to you,
May my prayers express:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
My Goal, my Path, my Quest.

Lord,
I lift my soul to you,
May my spirit cry:
All praise to you, the Holy One,
Until the day I die.

 

References

The Father himself loves you dearly (John 16:27; NLT).

He is the living God and the everlasting King! (Jeremiah 10:10; NLT).

Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward (Philippians 3:14; NIV).

I am the the Holy One living among you (Hosea 11:9; NLT).

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I ask you in

 

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
May my flesh be
Your breathing-space.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My mind, your earthly
Dwelling-place.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My heart, a home
Where you may rest.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My soul, your temple,
You, my guest.

 

References

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

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Revelation 3:20; NIV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

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

When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today” (Luke 19:5; NLT).

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I love you

 

I love you, Lord,
With all my strength,
But you deserve
Much more. 

I love you, Lord,
With all my mind,
But you deserve
Much more.

I love you, Lord,
With all my heart,
But you deserve
Much more.

I love you, Lord,
With all my soul –
And I can do
No more.

 

References

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).

Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! (1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).

As your name deserves, O God, you will be praised to the ends of the earth (Psalm 48:10; NLT).

 

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Kindness

 

Lord God,
You are so kind to me!

It breaks my heart 
That I cannot repay –

Except by being kind
To other people,

As you are, Lord, to me,
Day after day. 

 

References

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate (Luke 6:36; NLT).

Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

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