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I know you better than you know yourself

Lord,
My mother used to scoff:
I know you better than you know yourself –
She didn’t mean it nicely.

And when she disagreed 
With what I thought, or said, or did, 
She called me fool –
That summed me up precisely.

But you alone, Lord,
Know my inner being,  
The treasures hidden
In my heart and soul.

You show them to me
One by one
So I can be myself,
Not play a role.

And then I share them all with you 
By choice
Not fear, or threat,
Or shame,

Rejoicing in your perfect love,
And trusting in your name. 

 

References

Whoever says, “You fool!” shall be in danger of hellfire (Matthew 5:22; NKJV).

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

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

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

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

We trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7; NIV).

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You are here

Father, you are here, 
Though we can’t see you –

Our flesh becomes your temple
From our birth.

Jesus, you are here,
Though we can’t see you –

Our minds become your shelter
Here on earth.

Mary, you are here,
Though we can’t see you –

Our hearts become your home
When we adore.

Spirit, you are here,
Though we can’t see you –

Our souls are one with you
For evermore. 

 

References

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

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

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20; NLT).

He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT). 

The Spirit of God […] lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

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I long for you

My God, my God, 
I long for you, 
Though you are always here,
Within my body.

My God, my God,
I yearn for you,    
Though you are always here,
Within my mind.

My God, my God,
I thirst for you,
Though you are always here,
Within my heart, Lord.

My God, my God,
I search for you,
Though you always here,
Within my soul. 

 

References

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NLT).

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

I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain (Psalm 143:6; NLT).

All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

He lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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Where can I live?

Where can I live
That’s wiser than your mind?

Nowhere at all, my Lord, 
For you are Truth.

Where can I stay
That’s safer than your heart?

Nowhere at all, my Lord, 
For you are Peace.

Where can I rest
That’s kinder than your soul?

Nowhere at all, my Lord, 
For you are Love.

 

References

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

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

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

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

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Less of me

Lord God,
May there be less of me,

With all my sins 
And weaknesses,

And more of you
Within me every day,

Until we live as one
In our shared love.  

Then death will hold 
No fears for me — 

I’ll leave my body
Far behind,

And fully reunite
With you, 

In heart, and soul,
And mind.

 

References

The Father and I are one (John 10:30; NLT).

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? 
(1 Corinthians 15:55; NLT).

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

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).

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What is my flesh?

 

What is my flesh,
If not your Spirit’s temple? 

What is my mind, 
If not your Son’s mind, too?

What is my heart
If not his Mother’s home, Lord? 

What is my soul,
If not a part of you?

 

References

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? (1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT).

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

He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT). 

There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

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My only strength

   

Lord, 

You are 
My only strength –

I have none
Of my own.

I love you, Lord, 
With all my mind –

May my thoughts
Be your home. 

I love you, Lord,
With all my heart –

Your temple 
Here on earth.

I love you, Lord,
With all my soul –

The stable 
Of your birth. 

 

References

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; 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).

While they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).

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