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Less of me

Lord God,
May there be less of me,

With all my sins 
And weaknesses,

And more of you
Within me every day,

Until we live as one
In our shared love.  

Then death will hold 
No fears for me — 

I’ll leave my body
Far behind,

And fully reunite
With you, 

In heart, and soul,
And mind.

 

References

The Father and I are one (John 10:30; NLT).

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? 
(1 Corinthians 15:55; NLT).

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

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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Thank you, Lord

 

Thank you, Lord, 
For loving us so much,
And waiting for us all
To turn to you;

For always being ready 
To forgive, 
And wanting us 
To share your Spirit too. 

Thank you, Lord,
For sending us your Son,
Our teacher, shepherd,
Living bread, and light;

Who died for us
So we can be forgiven,
And shows, in human form, 
What you are like.

 

References

The Lord must wait for you to come to him (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; RSV).

Christ […] died for sinners to bring you safely home to God (1 Peter 3:18; NLT).

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9; NIV).

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Be open

 

Be open
To the presence
Of our God –

The One who makes
The earth, and sea, 
And sky;

The One who shares 
Our lives of pain 
And pleasure;

The One who gave us 
His dear Son –
To die.  

 

References

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

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

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; RSV).

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

The Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago (Mark 14:21; NLT).

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We can’t control our thoughts

 

Lord,

We can’t control our thoughts,
But we can be aware of them,
With you.

We can’t control our thoughts,
But we can share them straightaway
With you.

We can’t control our thoughts,
But we can share them honestly
With you.

We can’t control our thoughts,
But we can say: “I’m sorry, Lord,”
To you. 

We can’t control our thoughts, 
But we can try repeatedly –
With you. 

 

References 

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

You perceive my thoughts from afar (Psalm 139:2; NIV).

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me (Psalm 139:1; NIV). 

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

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Comfort and strength

 

Lord, 

Comfort me,
And give me strength,

To face the trials
I must bear;

And may I comfort 
Others, too,

And strengthen them,
When they must share 

The suffering 
None can avoid –  

So we may grow 
Like you.

 

References 

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Comfort each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11; NKJV).

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

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How you care!

 

Lord, 

How you care!
Help me to share.

Water and blood
Show me your love.

May my heart burn!
So much to learn.

Water to wine;
Your soul in mine.

 

References

Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out (John 19:34; NLT).

Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

He came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine (John 4:46; NLT).

This is the secret: Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27; NLT).

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Victory

 

No eye can bear
Your dazzling light,

No flesh survive 
Your cleansing flame;

No mind can grasp
Your secret thoughts;

No heart presume
To speak your name;

No soul can know
Your mystery,

Yet we can share
Your victory.

 

References

He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

My thoughts are not your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8; NIV).

You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God (Exodus 20:7; NLT). 

Truly, O God of Israel, our Saviour, you work in mysterious ways (Isaiah 45:15; NLT).

Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57; NIV). 

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