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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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Sacred elements

Lord,

Thank you for this
Heavenly, holy world,

And all the sacred elements
Of life –

For earth 
And air;

For water, Lord, 
And fire; 

For peace, 
And truth;

And, far above all others, Lord,
For love.

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Corruption

The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one (Psalm 14:2-3; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

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Lord,

Our corruption
And our hatred
Know no bounds,

So we truly have
The world
That we deserve.

Forgive us;
Heal us;
Rescue us, we pray;

And help us
To follow you,
So we may change.

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Absorb and radiate

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11; NIV).

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

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

Love your enemies! Do good to them (Luke 6:35; NLT).

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

If I didn’t love others, I would be nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2; NLT).

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Lord,
As I sit still
In contemplation,

May I absorb
Your love
For all the world.

Then,
As I go out
To face the morning,

May I radiate
Your love
To all I meet.

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You make and care for us

The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. (Psalm 14:2-3; NIV).

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Lord,

You make and care for us
With love,

Yet we ignore and thwart you,
Which is strange –

For we’re on course
To devastate our world,

With greed, pollution, war,
And climate change.

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We’re your kin

He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have (Romans 8:3; NLT).

All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers (Luke 2:47; NLT).

Love your enemies! […] Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).

Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he looked around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:33-5; NLT).

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Lord,

You had a mortal body,
Just like ours,

And the finest human mind
There’s ever been.

Plus, you have such perfect love
For all the world,

And the wisest ever soul –
Yet we’re your kin.

 

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Your love

Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity (1 Timothy 4:12; NLT).

You yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind (Titus 2:7; NLT).

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Lord,

May your love
Fill the world
Through our behaviour,
And your light
Shine on everyone
Through us.

May your truth
Come to all
Through how we listen,
And your way
Be revealed
Through how we live.

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