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The kingdom of God

Friends, let us live
In the kingdom of God,

For though other people
Might think we are odd,

As we love, and forgive,
As we serve, and rejoice,

We will show all we meet
They can make the same choice.

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The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

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

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

Forgive anyone who offends you (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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Make time

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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Lord,
Help me to make time for you
Today –

By constantly remembering
Your presence,

Always praying and rejoicing;
Giving thanks;

Including you in every thought,
And word, and deed –

Lord,
Help me to make time for you
Today.

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May I rejoice in you

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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

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Lord,
May I rejoice in you
With every breath,

Pray to you
With every thought,

Thank you
With every word,

And serve you
In everything I do.

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Will there be an end?

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4; NLT).

I will give you back your health and heal your wounds (Jeremiah 30:17; NLT).

Rejoice in hope (Romans 12:12; NRSV).

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Lord,
Will there be an end
To all our sorrows?

Will there be an end
To all our fears?

Will there be an end
To all our suffering?

Will there be an end
To all our tears?

Lord,
Will there be an end
To our depression?

Will there be an end
To all our pain?

Will there be an end
To our exhaustion?

Will we rejoice,
And hope in you again?

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How can I serve you?

I am weary and worn out, O God (Proverbs 30:1; NLT).

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer (Romans 12:12; NRSV).

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How can I serve you, Lord,

With chronic illness?

I’m always tired,

And don’t go out much now.

I have so little energy

For helping others.

Instead, may I learn

To rejoice in hope, my Father,

To be patient in suffering,

And to persevere in prayer.

 

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God within

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

Love him and serve him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12; NLT).

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God within,
Free from sin,
May I pray
Throughout today.

God without,
Free from doubt,
May I rejoice
And lift my voice.

God so near,
Free from fear,
May I thank you
And love you, too.

God beside,
Free from pride,
May I serve you
In all I do.

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Rejoice and weep

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

God […] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; NIV).

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

God made human beings in his own image (Genesis 9:6; NLT).

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Lord God,
If we are to rejoice
With all those who rejoice,

And weep
With those who weep,

Then this must be
How you relate to us,

For you made us
In your image.

 

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