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  • Artist Info: Indeed it is a long way HOME. I am just a pilgrim passing through in this world. And when the time has come for my departure I can proudly say "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:6-7)<br />
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    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.<br />
    (Jeremiah 29:11)<br />
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    Psalm 139<br />
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    1 You have searched me, Lord,<br />
    and you know me.<br />
    2 You know when I sit and when I rise;<br />
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.<br />
    3 You discern my going out and my lying down;<br />
    you are familiar with all my ways.<br />
    4 Before a word is on my tongue<br />
    you, Lord, know it completely.<br />
    5 You hem me in behind and before,<br />
    and you lay your hand upon me.<br />
    6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,<br />
    too lofty for me to attain.<br />
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    7 Where can I go from your Spirit?<br />
    Where can I flee from your presence?<br />
    8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;<br />
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.<br />
    9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,<br />
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,<br />
    10 even there your hand will guide me,<br />
    your right hand will hold me fast.<br />
    11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me<br />
    and the light become night around me,”<br />
    12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;<br />
    the night will shine like the day,<br />
    for darkness is as light to you.<br />
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    13 For you created my inmost being;<br />
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.<br />
    14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;<br />
    your works are wonderful,<br />
    I know that full well.<br />
    15 My frame was not hidden from you<br />
    when I was made in the secret place,<br />
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.<br />
    16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;<br />
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book<br />
    before one of them came to be.<br />
    17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!<br />
    How vast is the sum of them!<br />
    18 Were I to count them,<br />
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—<br />
    when I awake, I am still with you.<br />
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    19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!<br />
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!<br />
    20 They speak of you with evil intent;<br />
    your adversaries misuse your name.<br />
    21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,<br />
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?<br />
    22 I have nothing but hatred for them;<br />
    I count them my enemies.<br />
    23 Search me, God, and know my heart;<br />
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.<br />
    24 See if there is any offensive way in me,<br />
    and lead me in the way everlasting.<br />
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    Psalm 91<br />
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    1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High<br />
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]<br />
    2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,<br />
    my God, in whom I trust.”<br />
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    3 Surely he will save you<br />
    from the fowler’s snare<br />
    and from the deadly pestilence.<br />
    4 He will cover you with his feathers,<br />
    and under his wings you will find refuge;<br />
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.<br />
    5 You will not fear the terror of night,<br />
    nor the arrow that flies by day,<br />
    6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,<br />
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.<br />
    7 A thousand may fall at your side,<br />
    ten thousand at your right hand,<br />
    but it will not come near you.<br />
    8 You will only observe with your eyes<br />
    and see the punishment of the wicked.<br />
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    9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”<br />
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,<br />
    10 no harm will overtake you,<br />
    no disaster will come near your tent.<br />
    11 For he will command his angels concerning you<br />
    to guard you in all your ways;<br />
    12 they will lift you up in their hands,<br />
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.<br />
    13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;<br />
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.<br />
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    14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;<br />
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.<br />
    15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;<br />
    I will be with him in trouble,<br />
    I will deliver him and honor him.<br />
    16 With long life I will satisfy him<br />
    and show him my salvation.”<br />
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