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Your only Son

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

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful (2 Timothy 4:7; (NLT).

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

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life (John 3:16, NRSV).

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Lord,

When our time on earth 
Is done,

And, long or short,
Our race is run,

With all our battles lost
And won –

Then, we will see 
Your only Son.

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Lost in you

Many thanks to my friend Graham, who sent me an email that triggered this prayer.

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

The Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17; NLT).

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

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

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Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your comfort.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find release.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your kindness.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your peace.  

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When I sleep

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

God speaks again and again (Job 33:14; NLT).

I hold you by your right hand (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

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Lord,

When I sleep,
I’m in your arms,

When I pray
You talk to me;

When I walk
You hold my hand,

And when I’m lost
You rescue me.

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Lost

I have wandered away like a lost sheep (Psalm 119:176; NLT).

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

 

Lord,
It’s better
To be lost
With you,
Than to think
I know the way
All on my own!

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Back home

They have lost their way and can’t remember how to get back to the sheepfold (Jeremiah 50:6; NLT).

They will ask the way to Jerusalem and will start back home again (Jeremiah 50:5; 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 Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

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

Lord,
The central purpose
Of our lives
Is finding our way
Back home again,
To you;

But even if we lose our way
Completely,
We know you’ll search for us
And find us,
Carrying us home again,
With joy.

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Paradoxes

I know the Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT).

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

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

Lord,
You are present –
Even when you seem absent.

Your light shines –
Even in the dark.

You love us –
Even when we feel friendless,

And you hold us safely –
Even when all seems lost.

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The long way round

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

“He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:8; NLT).

“For indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21; NKJV).


Lord,
I’m coming to you
The long way round –

Blundering blindly,
Wandering aimlessly,

Lost in deserts,
Following dead ends,

Trying to find you,
Getting things wrong,

Making mistakes,
And messing up relationships…

But although I’m coming to you
The long way round,

You’re with me all the time –
Here, deep in my heart.

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