change, death, exile, oneness, Prayer, resurrection

You give us birth

 

Father God,
You give us birth,
Our chance to live and grow,
Becoming more like Christ, your Son,
Born here so long ago.

Father God,
You give us life,
Our chance to change and learn,
Becoming more like Christ, your Son,
To whom we gladly turn.

Father God,
You give us death,
Our chance to be made new,
Becoming more like Christ your Son,
Who reigns in heaven with you.

Father God,
You give us joy
In heaven, with your Son,
So we may grasp your deepest truth –
That you, and all, are One.

 

References

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

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

Grow to maturity (2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLY).

God [..] gives life to the dead (Romans 4:17; NLT).

When our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54; NLT).

The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15; NLT).

A great reward awaits you in heaven (Matthew 5:12; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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Remember

 

Remember God’s presence
Within you;
Accept good and bad
From his store.

He shares every sorrow
He sends you,
So worship him, praise,
And adore.

Then, though you share
His Son’s passion,
His loneliness, anguish,
And pain,

You will also share
His resurrection,
His glory, his joy,
And his reign.

 

References

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

Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

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

As we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too (2 Corinthians 1:5; RSV).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:25; NLT).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12; NLT).

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I am content

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you send.

Health and illness
Both flow from your hand;

Poverty and plenty
From above –

You know what I need,
For you are love.

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you give.

Joy and grief
Are lessons I must live;

Disaster, healing touch,
Smooth path, or rough –

You know what I need,
And that’s enough.

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you grant.

May I learn to face
What you command;

For you, Lord, suffer with me,
Like your Son,

And you know what I need –
Your will be done.

 

References

Be it unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38; KJV).

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Philippians 4:11; NIV).

Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal (Job: 5:17; NIV).

Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NLT).

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

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you (Isaiah 30:20; NLT).

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

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases (Isaiah 53:4; NRSV).

Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

 

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Our closest friend

Lord,

Your Spirit
Is our closest friend –

Here, in light and darkness,
To life’s end;

In joy and sorrow, 
Suffering and pain,  

Till we return to you,   
In heaven again. 

 

References 

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever (John 14:16; NIV). 

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT). 

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that the God’s Spirit of dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; RSV).

Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; RSV). 

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

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

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Learn to love

You give me 
Every breath, Lord,
Every heartbeat,

Each joy,
Each sorrow –
All I need to grow.

Please help me
As I learn 
To love my neighbour.

Please help me
As I learn 
To love my foe.

 

References 

He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25; NIV).

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:39; NIV).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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May we share your Passion

 

May we share your Passion, Lord:
Gethsemane, the cross;

Then we will grasp your sacrifice,
And comprehend your loss.

May we share your glory, Lord:
Your reign in heaven and earth; 

Then we will serve with joyful hearts, 
And fully know your worth. 

 

References

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood (Hebrews 13:12; NLT).

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

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus (1 Peter 5:10; NLT).

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18; NLT).

Serve the Lord with gladness! (Psalm 100:2; RSV).

There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42; NLT).

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A sinner’s prayer

 

Lord,
I am a sinner,
Not fit to touch your hem,
Yet you have come 
To heal my soul, 
Instead of to condemn. 

Lord,
I am a sinner,
Not fit to loose your shoe,
Yet you have come 
To make me whole, 
So I can be like you. 

Lord,
I am a sinner,
Not fit to kiss your feet,
Yet you have come
To rescue me,
And make my joy complete.

 

References

God have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NIV).

Suddenly, a woman […] touched them hem of his garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch his garment, I shall be made well (Matthew 9:20-21; NKJV).

One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose (Luke 3:16; NKJV).

From the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet (Luke 7:45; NLT).

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