My eyes are closed

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

His clothes became dazzling white (Luke 9:29; NLT).

This is my blood […] It is poured out as a sacrifice for many (Mark 14:24; NLT).

The radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them (Luke 2:9; NLT).

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My eyes are closed –
You’re here
In deepest darkness.

My eyes are closed –
You’re here
In dazzling white.

My eyes are closed –
You’re here
In blood-red passion.

My eyes are closed –
You’re here
In golden light.

Why do some men imagine…

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave (Matthew 20:26-7; NLT).

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Why do some men
Imagine they’re superior
To women, Lord?

They clearly need
To feel that way,
But why?

Why do some pink-skinned folk
Imagine they’re superior
To black-skinned folk?

They clearly need
To feel that way,
But why?

Why can’t we all
Love others
As ourselves, dear Lord,

Putting them first,
And ourselves last –
Like you?

Today

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

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Lord,
Please help me
To know your presence,
To pray constantly,
And to recognise you
In all I meet today.