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Abusing others

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

True circumcision is… a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit (Romans 2:29; NLT).

Repent, and turn away from your sins (Ezekiel 18:30; NLT).

 
Lord,
I pray for people who abuse
Those weaker than themselves.

May they see your light,
And have a change of heart.

May they repent,
Making their peace with you
And with their victims –
Never abusing anyone again.

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faith, contemplation, Spirit, journey, heart, death,, Uncategorized

In sleep

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8; NLT).

I walk in the Lord’s presence (Psalm 116:9; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

 

Lord,
In sleep,
I rest in your arms.

In prayer,
I ask for your help.

In contemplation,
I seek your face.

In suffering,
I beg for your strength.

In joy,
I praise your name.

In life,
I dwell in your presence.

And in death,
I unite with you, for evermore.

 

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Evolution

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

You created all things (Revelation 4:11; NLT).

The Spirit of God… lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

 

Lord,
You are the energy
Forming suns and stars.

You are the force
Creating heaven and earth.

You are the power
Driving evolution.

You are the Spirit
Living within us all.

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Shared darkness

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

Your hand will guide me (Psalm 139:10; NLT).

Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

I form the light and create darkness (Isaiah 45:7; NLT).

 

Lord,
You are surrounded by thick darkness,
As am I,
So I live with you in darkness
Every day.

Though I can’t see your face
I’m not afraid,
For you are close beside me
All the time.

And though I cannot see
The way ahead,
I know your hand
Will guide me home at last,

For light and dark
Are just the same to you,
The great, transcendent God
Who makes them both.

 

 

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spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration,, Uncategorized

Light and darkness

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

Come close to God, and God will come close to you (James 4:8; NLT).

 

Lord,
When I close my eyes,

I enter either the light
Of your presence,

Or the darkness
That surrounds you.

But, whether I find myself
In light or darkness,

I thank you for letting me
Draw so close to you.

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