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When we return

 

Lord, 

When we return to you   
In death, 

The bad things we have thought, 
And done, and said

Will be devoured 
By your raging fire,     

Destroyed, forgotten,
Just as you desire.

Then you will welcome
All in us that’s good,

Uniting us with you,
For you are Love.

 

References

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

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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

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I return to you

 

Father,
I return to you;
I love you.

Lord,
You run to welcome me;
You love me.

Lord,
You take me in your arms;
You love me. 

Lord,
You kiss and hold me tight;
You love me.

 

Father,
You forgive my sins;
You love me.

Lord,
You heal me through and through;  
You love me.

Lord,
You crown me with your grace;
You love me.

Lord,
I am in paradise: 
You love me.

 

References

“Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 3:7; NIV).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

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

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and  crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:3-4; NLT).

He gives us grace and glory (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

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

Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NLT).

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Halfway

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

O my God, I am utterly ashamed (Ezra 9:6; NLT).

With you there is forgiveness (Psalm 130:4; NIV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

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You don’t meet us halfway, Lord, 
Almighty though you are –

Instead, you run to greet us
Exactly where we are.

And then you hug and kiss us,  
Though we shrink away in shame,

But you are all forgiveness,
And we’re welcomed home again.

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There’s no such thing

There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me! (Matthew 25:40; NLT).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends (Revelation 3:20; NLT).

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Lord God,
There’s no such thing
As an outsider –

A stranger,
Or a foreigner,
Or foe –

There’s only you,
Within us all,
Without exception,

Waiting
To be welcomed
In our hearts.

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May we welcome all

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

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your temple (Psalm 5:7; NLT).

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

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Lord,

May we welcome all
Into your kingdom,

May we offer all
Your warm embrace;

May we usher all
Into your temple,

And may we share with all
Your perfect grace.

 

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Faith

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

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

We are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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Lord,

Faith does not mean
Following lots of rules –

It means seeing you
In your created world,

Loving you
In everyone we meet,

And discovering you
Deep within ourselves.

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