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Hidden anger

Do not let the sun go down on your wrath (Ephesians 4:26; NKJV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

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

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Lord,

I acknowledge,
Here and now
Before you,

My hidden anger,
Hate,
And bitterness;

The hurt and harm
I’ve done
To other people;

And the conflicts
That have left me
Scarred for life.

Forgive and heal me,
Gentle Lord,
I pray,

And help me learn
To speak the truth
In love.

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I can love you

Lord,

I can love you
Only to the extent
That I love others;

And I can love others
Only to the extent
That I love you.

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You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:30; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

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Our wasteland

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35; NLT).

Each one will be like […] streams of water in the desert (Isaiah 32:2; NLT).

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

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Out of our wasteland
Comes worship.

Out of our famine
Comes food.

Out of our desert
Comes water.

Out of our solitude,
Love.

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I cannot love my mother

Honour your father and mother (Exodus 20:12; NLT).

Love your neighbour (Mark 12:31; NLT).

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).

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Lord,

I cannot love my mother
As a parent,
Because of her
Emotional abuse.

Nor can I ever love her
As a neighbour,
For we cannot agree
A basic truce.

I cannot even love her
As a foe, Lord,
Though you’d think that would be
Just what I could do.

So instead, I try to love her
As a stranger,
And as if that stranger, Lord my God,
Is you.

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Your ways

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

For you, a thousand years as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; NLT).

God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us (1 John 4:13; NLT).

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26; NLT).

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Lord,

Your ways
Are far beyond
My understanding;

Your peace
Is far beyond
What I can share.

Your light
Is far beyond
My human vision;

Your fire
Is far beyond
What I can bear.

Your thoughts
Are far beyond
My comprehension;

Your years
Are far beyond
What I can chart.

Your love
Is far beyond
My weak discernment;

Yet your Spirit
Dwells forever
In my heart.

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We share your light

We now have this light shining in our hearts (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

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

I will give them one heart (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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Lord God,
We share your light,
Your truth,
Your peace.

Lord God,
We share your faith,
Your hope,
Your love.

Lord God,
We share your mind,
Your heart,
Your soul.

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