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We are one

 

Lord,

Every time I fail 
To love my neighbour,
Help me to remember
We are one.

Every time I fail
To love a foreigner,  
Help me to remember
We are one.

Every time I fail 
To love a stranger,
Help me to remember
We are one.

And every time I fail 
To love my enemy,  
Help me to remember
We are one. 

 

References

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

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

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

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

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I am yours, you are mine

You fashioned my body,
Established my mind;
Quickened my heart, Lord,
And furnished my soul:

For you are my Maker,
My bread and my wine;
O Giver of Life, I am yours, 
You are mine.

Restore my poor body,
And settle my mind;
Comfort my heart, Lord,
And nourish my soul:

For you are my Healer,
Through bread and through wine;
O Giver of Peace, I am yours,   
You are mine.

Then, strengthen my body;
Enlighten my mind;
Kindle my heart, Lord, 
And stir up my soul:

For you are my Saviour, 
In bread and in wine;
O Giver of Love, I am yours, 
You are mine.

 

References

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; KJV).

Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:26-8; NLT).

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

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In good and ill

Many thanks to Corrin Leavey, 
who painted this beautiful artwork,
and allowed me to use it.

In good and ill
I long for you,
And you, Lord,
Long for me.

In good and ill
I seek you, Lord, 
And you, Lord God,
Seek me.

In good and ill
I talk to you,
And you, Lord,
Talk to me.

In good and ill
I love you, Lord,
And you, Lord God,
Love me.

 

References

I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NLT).

The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).

I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

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

Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning (Psalm 5:1; NLT). 

As soon as I pray, you answer me (Psalm 138:3; NLT).

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

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

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Have no fear

Have no fear of fire and earthquake, 
Nor the rising tidal swell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of drought and famine,   
Nor the plague that makes life hell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of man’s betrayal, 
Nor the falsehoods people sell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of persecution, 
Nor the lonely prison cell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of war and bloodshed, 
Nor the blast of bomb and shell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of signs from heaven,  
Nor the stories some will tell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Hurry, Lord! Take back my spirit;
Carry me to where you dwell –
You love me, and I love you, Lord;
We are one, so all is well. 

 

References

For the basis of this prayer, see Luke 21:9-36; NLT. 

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7; NLT).

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared (Proverbs 3:25-6; NIV).

Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well! (Jeremiah 7:23; NLT).

Then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

The Lord my God has given me peace on every side; I have no enemies, and all is well (1 Kings 5:4; NLT).

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We are one

Abba, Lord, I know how much 
You love me,

And I love you, Lord:
Father, Spirit, Son;

So every time 
I fail to love myself, Lord,

Please help me to remember
We are one.

 

References

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

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

To acquire wisdom is to love oneself (Proverbs 19:8; NLT).

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

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

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Keep on praying

When I lose my way to you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With faith. 

When I lose my faith in you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With hope.

When I lose my sense of hope completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With trust.

And when I lose my trust in you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With love.

 

References

They have lost their way (Jeremiah 50:6; NLT).

Keep on praying (Romans 12:12; NIV).

Have faith in God (Mark 11:22; NLT).

I will put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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Speak the truth

Father,

May I always 
Speak the truth 
To you in prayer,

With no pretence, 
”Forgetting”,
Or false shame;

And may I pray 
At all times 
In your Holy Spirit, Lord, 

With faith, and hope, 
And love,
Through your Son’s name.

 

References 

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

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV). 

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT).

Three things will last forever — faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:14; NLT).

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