Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer

I touch your Spirit

Lord God, 

I touch your Spirit
During prayer,
Passing my hands through bands 
Of star-strewn light.

The rest is darkness;
Nothingness; a void
From which your Word frames worlds
For your delight,

And carries home,
To reunite with you,
All things whose life-span 
In your hand is through. 

 

References 

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life (1 John 1:1; NIV).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2; NLT). 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:1-3; NIV). 

The worlds have been framed by the word of God  (Hebrews 11:3; ASV).

He will take delight in you with gladness (Zephaniah 3:17; NLT).

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders (Luke 15:4-5; NLT).

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

My life span is gone, taken from me like a shepherd’s tent (Isaiah 38:12; NKJV).

The life of every living thing is in his hand (Job 12:10; NLT).

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139:7-10; NIV). 

You have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God (1 Peter 1:23; NLT).

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Thank you

 

Lord,

Thank you for each truth you taught,
Each step you took,
Each gift you brought.

Thank you for each word you spoke,
Each healing touch,
Each rule you broke.

Thank you for each sign you gave,
Each tale you told,
Each soul you saved.

Thank you for each act of love,
Each wound received,
Each drop of blood.

 

References

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14; NKJV).

My words will never disappear (Luke 21:33; NLT).

They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all (Matthew 15:30; NLT).

The Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath (Luke 6:5; NLT).

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory (John 2:11; NLT).

He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables (Mark 4:2; NLT).

When Jesus saw his mother standing there [near the cross] beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”  And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-7; NLT).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman Soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

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Instead of prayer

You guide me on your way,
Though I can’t touch you.
I simply know you help me 
Every day.

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting
To fold me in your arms, 
Where I will stay.

 

You speak the truth to me, 
Though I can’t hear you.
Instead, I sense your voice
In silent prayer.

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting.
We’ll talk; and I will know 
Your loving care.

 

You are my daily bread,
Though I can’t taste you.
I only know your words 
Are wise and true.   

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting,  
And then, with joy,
I’ll feast my eyes on you.

 

You are my light each day,
Though I can’t see you;
I simply trust
That you are always there.

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting,
Then I’ll gaze upon your face,
Instead of prayer.

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References

Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe (John 20:29; NIV).

I am the good shepherd (John 10:11; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord (Psalm 27:4; NIV).

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If…

They […] brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well (Matthew 14:35-6; NKJV).

No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one (Luke 4:40; NLT).

He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart (Isaiah 40:11; NLT).

There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4; NLT).

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Lord God,

If I could only touch
Your hem,
Or hand,
Or heart;

Then I’d be whole
Eternally,
With no more fear,
Or hurt.

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May I glimpse you

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge (Psalm 19:1-2; NIV).

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

The Lord is near (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

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May I glimpse you
In all I see,

And know you, Lord,
In all I hear.

May I touch you
In all I meet,

And find you, Lord,
For you are near.

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BELIEF

Belief

No one has ever seen God (1 John 4:12; NLT).

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13; NIV).

God knows me completely (1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

I love the LORD because he hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

…God knows me completely (1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

“…blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (John 20:29; NIV).


Lord,
I can’t see you,
But you see me.

You hear my voice,
And speak to me.

You know me,
And help me.

You touch my life,
And bless me.

So how could I fail
To believe in you?

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Have mercy

Have mercy 

Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! (Psalm 39:12; NLT).

Each day I beg for your help, O LORD; I lift my hands to you for mercy (Psalm 88:9; NLT).

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NIV).

She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed” (Matthew 9:21; NIV).
Lord,
Have mercy on me!
Hear my prayer,
And listen to my cry for help!

I seek you day and night,
Lifting up my hands to you,
Reaching out
To touch the hem of your robe,
Begging for your healing
And forgiveness.

Lord,
Have mercy on me!
Hear my prayer,
And listen to my cry for help!

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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