Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer

I touch your Spirit

Lord God, 

I touch your Spirit
During prayer,
Passing my hands through bands 
Of star-strewn light.

The rest is darkness;
Nothingness; a void
From which your Word frames worlds
For your delight,

And carries home,
To reunite with you,
All things whose life-span 
In your hand is through. 

 

References 

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life (1 John 1:1; NIV).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2; NLT). 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:1-3; NIV). 

The worlds have been framed by the word of God  (Hebrews 11:3; ASV).

He will take delight in you with gladness (Zephaniah 3:17; NLT).

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders (Luke 15:4-5; NLT).

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

My life span is gone, taken from me like a shepherd’s tent (Isaiah 38:12; NKJV).

The life of every living thing is in his hand (Job 12:10; NLT).

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139:7-10; NIV). 

You have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God (1 Peter 1:23; NLT).

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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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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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Give me a church

 

Lord, 

Give me a church 
I can, at last, belong to –

A place where people 
Want to grow like you;

Where people love, fall out, 
Make up, say sorry;

Where everyone who fails 
Can start anew. 

None of this ever happened 
With my mother –

She never said sorry
For how she treated me.

So, give me a church 
Where I can find a home, Lord,

Where all can share your love,
Which sets us free.

 

References

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

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar (Psalm 84:3; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV). 

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

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Peace

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

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Lord God,
May all with power
Maintain peace –

In every home,
School,
Place of work,
And government.

Lord God,
May all who bully
Search for peace –

In every home,
School,
Place of work,
And government.

Lord God,
May all abusers
Turn to peace –

In every home,
School,
Place of work,
And government.

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I wait for you

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NIV).

Let all that I am wait quietly before God (Psalm 62:5; NLT).

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I wait for you
In darkness, Lord;
I wait for you
Alone.

I wait for you
In silence, Lord;
You are my rock,
My home.

I wait for you
In brilliant light;
I wait with
Every breath.

I wait for you
In life, Lord;
And I wait for you
In death.

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