Archive for August 2018

I Rejoice in Your Purpose Today

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I rejoice in Your purpose today
Though the end may feel so far away.
I find peace in the love on Your face
And rejoice in Your purpose today.

I remember that You are the Lord,
And I feast on each promise I’ve heard.
What a strength when I stand on Your Word
And remember that You are the Lord.

Though confusion and struggle are all I can see
And I wrestle alone with my pain,
Lord, I know You are working this all for the best,
And my suffering is never in vain.

I rejoice in Your purpose today
Though the end may feel so far away.
I find peace in the love on Your face
And rejoice in Your purpose today.

Biscuits and Fish

When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” 

They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 

And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. (Matthew 14:15-19, NASB)

Father, You have shown me needy people.
There they are, spread out before me.
I see the need.
I feel the need.
It is very real.

I hold something that I believe could help.
But it is so small,
and I am so small.
I don’t know how to get this to them.
I don’t know how to begin to use it in any meaningful way.

So I bring it to You, Father –
just biscuits and fish.
Use it.
Use me.
I am small,
but You encompass all that is.
I am ignorant,
but Your knowing is perfect.
Your loving is perfect.

Father, I am available.
Show me where to start.

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Hymn: Your Kingdom Come!
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We Follow Jesus

A reflection on Revelation 11:7-13,
the triumph of the two witnesses

We are the followers of Jesus Christ,
His disciples,
His friends,
His brothers and sisters,
His body,
His bride.
As we are true to Him,
we will be treated like Him
by the world and
by You, Father.

In this world we will share His rejection,
His scorn,
His humiliation.
We will be disbelieved,
misunderstood,
mocked,
falsely accused, and
unfairly treated.
We will walk with Him
through suffering
to the cross,
to the tomb.

But as You raised Him,
You will raise us to eternal life.
Death can never touch us again.
In Him we will share
His triumph,
His glory,
His authority,
His constant and complete oneness with You, our Father.

Looking to Him,
seeing Him,
we leave everything else behind,
eagerly and completely.
We only want to
know Christ,
gain Christ, and
be found forever in Christ.

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Hymn: We Are in Christ Jesus
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I Love You, Jesus, Savior, Lord

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I love You, Jesus, Savior, Lord,
But not for what I gain
Of all the unimagined wealth
Of all Your vast domain.
I love You, Lord, but not in fear
As hell slips into view –
That endless, hopeless pain and death
Of never knowing You.

But Lord, You showed a love for me
That I could not deny.
Your agonizing death, O God –
I knew the guilt was mine.
You called my name. I heard Your voice
And saw You face to face.
A love and mercy flowed from You
That words could never trace.

So how can I but love You now,
My Savior and my Friend?
You pour out love I don’t deserve
And cannot comprehend.
I worship You, Almighty God,
And love You as I sing,
For You are Love and Life and Lord
And my Eternal King!

by Ken Bible, inspired by Edward Caswall,
© 2000 LNWhymns.com.

Hungry for a Word

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68, NIV)

Loving Father,
Living Truth,
You speak to me—
to me, Lord God.

Is my heart listening?

My life is hungry
for a Word,
for a Song, with harmony,
for a Dance
that will let my body and soul,
my deepest desires and disjointed days,
move together
with joy and ease and music.

Dance with me, Lord;
dance with me.
Sing,
and I will move to the music.
Speak a Word,
One Living Word.
I am listening.

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Hymn: Father, Speak Your Word Again
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Who We Are in You

A prayer response to Revelation 11:1-6,
the two witnesses

Father, we seem so small in this large and hostile world.

But You are Almighty God, and
we are Your presence here.
Make us Your light
in this dark place.
Make us Your truth
amid all this deception.
May we be Your healing touch
where so many are suffering.
May we glow with Your joy
in this world of shadow and sorrow.
Let us shine with the beauty of Your holiness
where all is twisted by evil.
O Lord, help us be
Your generous hand to those in need,
the breath of Your peace to those who fear, and
the good news of grace to all who are crushed by guilt.

As we live in Your Spirit,
we are Your people,
Your witnesses,
Your body,
Your temple,
Your holy bride.

O Father, keep us faithful to
who You are and
who we are in You.

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Hymn: Reconciled in Christ
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I Find All My Joy in You

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I am always in Your heart,
I am in Your eye.
Though the storms may blow and rage
And the waters rise,
Lord, I know that You are love,
And my heart replies:
I will find all my joy in You.
Lord, I find all my joy in You.

You have put me where I am –
I will stand secure.
Though I cannot see ahead,
Every step is sure,
For Your presence is a light
That is clear and pure.
I will find all my joy in You.
Lord, I find all my joy in You.

Jesus, my life!
Jesus, my strength!
Jesus, my joy day to day!

I am always in Your heart,
I am in Your eye.
Though the storms may blow and rage
And the waters rise,
Lord, I know that You are love,
And my heart replies:
I will find all my joy in You.
Lord, I find all my joy in You.