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Love everyone

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

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

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

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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Love everyone,
Exactly as they are –

No matter what they’ve thought,
Or said, or done.

Love everyone,
Exactly as they are –

No matter how they hurt
Or let you down.

Love everyone,
Exactly as they are –

By following the lead
Of God’s own Son.

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God who made the earth

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

The Son of Man has come down from heaven (John 3:13; NLT).

The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things (John 14:26; NKJV).

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

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Holy Father,
God who made the earth,

Son of Man,
Who came to us by birth,

Holy Spirit,
Helper, teacher, friend –

Be with us throughout life,
And at its end.

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Precious in your eyes

Why wasn’t I born dead? Why didn’t I die as I came from the womb? (Job 3:11; NLT).

I hate my life and don’t want to go on living (Job 7:16; NLT).

We know how much God loves us (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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

Their lives are precious to him (Psalm 72:14; NLT).

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Lord,

From birth, it was made clear
I was a burden,

Although I never asked
To be alive.

As an adult, mental illness
Made life hell,

But I was too afraid
For suicide.

Yet now I understand
How much you love me,

And that I’m not a burden,
But a prize;

For you sent your Son to earth
To save each one of us,

And all of us are precious
In your eyes.

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The apple of your eye

Keep me as the apple of your eye (Psalm 17:8; NIV).

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

I will be your Father, and you and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18; NLT).

Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! (Psalm 126:3; NLT).

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Lord God,
We are the apple of your eye –

Your much-loved sons,
Your precious, cherished daughters –

Ah,
What joy!

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Vision

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord (Isaiah 65:25; KJV).

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

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Lord,

Show us all
A vision of your light;

Reveal to us
A vision of your truth;

Please give us all
A vision of your peace;

And share with us
A vision of your love.

But, ah – you have already done
All this,

By sending us your Son,
Born here on Earth.

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Critical mass

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

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one (John 17:21; NLT).

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As more and more of us, Lord God,
Become more like your Son,

A critical mass of love will grow,
And spread to everyone.

Then all of us on earth will be
Transfigured, just like him,

Till we are one in love, with you –
And no more hate or sin.

 

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