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I return to you

 

Father,
I return to you;
I love you.

Lord,
You run to welcome me;
You love me.

Lord,
You take me in your arms;
You love me. 

Lord,
You kiss and hold me tight;
You love me.

 

Father,
You forgive my sins;
You love me.

Lord,
You heal me through and through;  
You love me.

Lord,
You crown me with your grace;
You love me.

Lord,
I am in paradise: 
You love me.

 

References

“Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 3:7; NIV).

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

Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

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

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and  crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:3-4; NLT).

He gives us grace and glory (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

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

Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NLT).

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Halfway

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

O my God, I am utterly ashamed (Ezra 9:6; NLT).

With you there is forgiveness (Psalm 130:4; NIV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

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You don’t meet us halfway, Lord, 
Almighty though you are –

Instead, you run to greet us
Exactly where we are.

And then you hug and kiss us,  
Though we shrink away in shame,

But you are all forgiveness,
And we’re welcomed home again.

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Love one another

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11; NIV).

Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss (1 Thessalonians 5:26; NIV).

 

Lord,
Although you’re with me,
I can’t hug you;

But I can hug your people,
Here, instead.

And,
Although you’re with me,
I can’t kiss you;

But I can kiss your people,
Here, instead.

 

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Soothing

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you (Isaiah 66:13; NIV).

With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs (Zephaniah 3:17; NLT).

 

Lord God,
Please soothe
My anxious heart

With songs
And warm embraces;

With kisses,
And sweet words
Of reassurance –

As a loving parent soothes
Their frightened child.

 

 

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Kiss and betray

The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss” (Matthew 26:48; NLT).

Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught (Luke 10:39; NLT).

 

Lord,
I kiss and betray you
Every day –
Like Judas.

Instead,
May I sit at your feet
To learn from you –
Like Mary.

 

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Waste

Waste

These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way (Psalm 58:3; NLT).

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living” (Luke 15:13; NLT).

“So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20; NLT).


Father,
When we turn our backs on you
And go our own way,
We waste our lives
In sin and selfishness.

Yet you wait for us
With arms outstretched,
Always ready to forgive,
And longing to welcome us
With a kiss.

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Waste

Waste

These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way (Psalm 58:3; NLT).

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living” (Luke 15:13; NLT).

So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20; NLT).


Father,
We turn our backs on you
And go our own way,
Wasting our lives
In sin and selfishness.

Yet you wait for us
With arms outstretched,
Ready to forgive,
And longing to welcome us
With a kiss.

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