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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You are the Word

God-Over-All, 
You are the Word;
You make and rule 
Both heaven and earth.

Jesus-In-All, 
You are the Word;
You come to share 
Our human birth.

Spirit-Through-All,
You are the Word;
You give us life:
The Father’s breath. 

Oneness-Of-All, 
You are the Word;
We reunite with you
In death. 

 

References

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

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1; NIV).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Don’t you realise that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

  

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Interruptions

When someone “interrupts”
Our prayer

It doesn’t have to end, Lord,
Then and there, 

For our response,
Through what we say and do, 

Continues, Father God, 
Our prayer to you.

 

References

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you” (Mark 1:35-7; NLT). 
Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).
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We see your Word

We see your Word
Reflected in the chalice,  

And taste your Word
Embodied in the bread.

We share your Word
Through mingled wine and water,

And love your Word,
Whose precious blood was shed.

References

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1; NLT).

He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:19-20; NIV).

Jesus gave his life for our sins (Galatians 1:4; NLT).

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You are the way

 

You are the way 
We dare not take;

You are the hope 
We dare not wake. 

You are the step
We dare not try;  

You are the word 
We dare not cry.

You are the life
We dare not live;

You are the love
We dare not give.

You are the guide 
We dare not ask;

You are the truth
We dare not grasp. 

You are the fire
We dare not face;

Yet you are the Lord,
Our resting-place.

 

References

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

His name will be the hope of all the world (Matthew 12:21; NLT).

In the beginning was the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

I am the good shepherd (John 10:14; NLT).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24).

You have not yet reached the resting-place and the inheritance the Lord your God is giving you (Deuteronomy 12:9; NIV).

Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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God’s will

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

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If a thought isn’t loving, 
It isn’t God’s will; 

If a word isn’t loving,
It isn’t God’s will;

If a deed isn’t loving,
It isn’t God’s will –

However right 
We like to think we are!

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Standards

We will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Ephesians 4:13; NLT).

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

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

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Lord Christ,
You set
The very highest standards

Of thought, and word
And deed
In every way,

Not only
For yourself,
But for us, too –

So please help us
To grow more and more
Like you.

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