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Christ alone

 

God sends us all a light
Which this world cannot see –

The light that comes to us 
Through Christ alone.

God shows us all a truth   
Which this world cannot grasp –

The truth that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

God grants us all a joy
Which this world cannot know –

The joy that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

God gives us all a peace
Which this world cannot bring –

The peace that comes to us
Through Christ alone.

 

References

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

Jesus replied, […] “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give you is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:23;27; NLT).

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Beyond our understanding

 

Lord, 

You are beyond
Our understanding.

A ceaseless, towering fire; 
An infinite sea of grace.

A deep, protective darkness; 
A glorious, dazzling light.

A fathomless ocean of sorrow; 
A boundless, eternal peace.

A mysterious, measureless wisdom;
A sacred, absolute truth.

A terrible, blazing anger; 
A timeless, unfailing love.

 

References 

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

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

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

My anger blazes forth like fire and burns to the depths of the grave (Deuteronomy 32:22; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Spiritual growth

 

 

There is no spiritual growth
Unless we’re honest, Lord.

Prayer is worth nothing 
If our words aren’t true. 

Facing and sharing 
Our shadow self 
Is vital.

May we never feign
Our ideal self
With you.

 

References 

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

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

God, have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NLT).

You know my thoughts (Psalm 139:2; NLT).

You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence (Matthew 23:25; NIV).

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Look for the truth

 

Look for the truth 
Inherent in each person;

Look for the light 
That flickers in each mind.   

Look for the fire 
Smouldering in each spirit;

Look for the treasure 
Buried in each soul.

Look for the hurt 
Concealed in every outburst;

Look for the spring 
Untapped in every heart.

Look for the path
That Jesus wants to show you;

Look for the Lord –
And make his love your goal.

 

References

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

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NIV).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV). 

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field (Matthew 13:44; NLT).

God is the spring of living water (Jeremiah 2:13; NIV).

Jesus told him, “I am the way” (John 14:6; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV). 

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle (Isaiah 42:3; NLT).

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Hatred

 

The only thing I hate
Is hate itself, Lord,

So I take my example
From your Son,

Who, though he suffered, 
Never hated others,

But spoke the truth in love
To everyone.

 

References 

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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

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There’s something to be learned

 

Lord,

There’s something
To be learned
From all that happens.

Each hurt  
Can help us grow,
Though we are weak.

For with you                       
We can speak truth 
To those who hurt us,

Forgive them all,
And turn
The other cheek.

 

References

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

He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

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

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4; NIV).

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

If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39; NLT).

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God’s essence

This prayer comes with many thanks to Fr. Leo Cooper for his inspiring words.

 

God is the essence 
Of truth.

His Spirit descends 
Like a sword

To strengthen his Son
For a lifetime,

For Christ is his essence 
Out-poured.

 

God is the essence
Of healing.

His Spirit descends
Like a dove

To dwell in his Son
For a lifetime,

For Christ 
Is the essence of love.

………………………………

References

The very essence of your [God’s] words is truth (Psalm 119:160; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV). 

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

The word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires (Hebrews 4:12; NLT).

Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34; NLT).

The Son is the radiance of his glory and the representation of his essence (Hebrews 1:3; NET).

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14; NIV).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28; NLT).

I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26; NLT).

As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove (Mark 1:10; NLT).

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

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River (Luke 4:1; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

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