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It's Very Personal

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 NIV

We live in a very individualistic culture and sometimes I wonder how much of what God does or wants is for us corporately rather than as individual people. He calls us his bride. We are the body of Christ. These refer to us collectively—all of us being one unit if you will. I had some grand thoughts about this the past week as I was out walking, though I can’t remember now what they were.

But here Paul indicates that what Jesus did was very personal. Christ lives in me. Jesus loves me. He gave himself for me. I may be a single cell in the baby toe nail of Christ’s body and surely God is able, though we are not, to see the whole body as it is. Yet, every single cell matters to him and not only matters but he loves each one. He loves me! He died for me. He lives in me.

Thank you God that I matter to you. Thank you for loving me, for dying for me, for living in me.

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In My Prayer Room

Oh God
You surround me with your love,
with memories
of who you are
of what you've done
of promises you've made
of who I want to be
of who I am because of you.

You give me hope and joy,
peace and gratitude.
You convict me
and teach me
encourage me
and remind me
of what it means to follow you.












You listen to my prayers
and grant my requests
in your time.
You give me insight
and knowledge
and words to write
to share your presence
your goodness
your love
your admonition
with others.























You expand my love
to pray for friend and foe
near and far
family and stranger
people as pins on maps
clustered and scattered
who know you and reject you
for those in need
and those too full to need.


















You draw me close
and then release me
to bring you close to others
to serve
and love
and give
all I have received.

You fill my heart with joy
that warms
and glows
and bursts
into laughter,
song
and even dance.

You wrap me in your arms
and tell me
"You are mine"
with intensity that burns
and smoul…