Prayer

Presence

Lord,
Please help me
To fix my heart on you
Throughout today,
Just as I do
In contemplation –
By bringing my attention
Gently back to your presence,
Every time I realise
I’ve forgotten you again.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Paradox

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

For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

He rides across the heavens to help you (Deuteronomy 33:26; NLT).

We give thanks because you are near (Psalm 75:1; NLT).

O LORD, why do you stand so far away? (Psalm 10:1; NLT).


Lord,
You are light, –
Yet we seek you
In darkness.

You speak –
Yet we seek you
In silence.

You move –
Yet we seek you
In stillness.

You are near –
Yet you can seem
So far away.

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Presence

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! (Psalm 139:7-8; NIV).

Remember the LORD (Jeremiah 51:50; NLT).

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).


Lord,
We all live in your presence,
Whether we’re aware of it
Or not.

Please help us
To remember you
Throughout today,

For then we can rejoice in you,
And pray, and thank you,
All day long.

Amen.

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Light and dark

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

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

“I am the LORD, and I do not change” (Malachi 3:6; NLT).

My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).


Father,
In contemplation,
Whether my soul rises
Into your dazzling light,
Or sinks into the darkness
That surrounds you,
Your presence,
And your love,
Are just the same,
My Lord,
My God.

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Journey

“Keep on seeking, and you will find” (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

And yet, O LORD, you are our Father! (Isaiah 64:8; NLT).

For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

And Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).


During contemplation,
Our souls go on
A journey of discovery
Whose goal is you –
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Living within us all.

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Death

A wise person thinks a lot about death (Ecclesiastes 7:4; NLT).

…you hold my right hand (Psalm 73:23; NLT).

…I will live in the house of the LORD forever (Psalm 23:6; NLT).

…the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

Come, death, my friend,
Take my left hand,
For God, who holds the right,
Won’t let it go.

Come, death, my shadow,
Take my arm,
And guide me to his house
For evermore. 

Come, death, my shepherd,
Take my soul,
And lead me to the one
Who gave me life.

Come, death, my saviour,
Take me home,
Beyond the darkness,
To his everlasting arms.

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