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Darkness

God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all (1 John 1:5; NLT).

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

Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NLY).

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Lord,
You are light,

And in you there is no darkness
At all.

Yet you surround yourself 
With deepest darkness,

Where we can meet you safely
Every day.

 

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The way to God

He found them in a desert land, in an empty, howling wasteland (Deuteronomy 32:10; NLT).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

The Lord is close to all who call on him (Psalm 145:18; NLT).

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The way to God 
Lies through our howling wastelands,

Through suffering and failure, 
Pain and fear;

Through brokenness, and grief,
And sharp temptation,

For when we’re in our desert
He is near.

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You make me whole

Love around me
And within;

All forgiven,
Free from sin;

Perfect healing 
Of my soul –

Lord, once more,
You make me whole.

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Unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord (Psalm 32:10; NLT).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin ((Titus 2:14; NLT).

Heal my soul for I have sinned against you (Psalm 41:4; NKJV).

Is anything worth more than your soul? (Mark 8:36; NLT; alternative translation).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

He was beaten so we could be whole (Isaiah 53:5; NLT).

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A taste of paradise

At times you give me joy, Lord –
A taste of paradise.

At times you give me suffering –
A taste of sacrifice.

But, good or bad, I thank you,
However life may go,

For when my faith is tested
I have a chance to grow.

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God gives […] joy to those who please him (Ecclesiastes 2:26; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV). 

Fortitude means fixity of purpose, endurance, having the strength to live with what constrains you (Luke 1:38; NKJV).

 When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

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Blood within

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

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Blood within;
And blood without.

Love within;
And love without.

Light within;            
And light without.

Hope within;
And hope without.

God within;
And God without.

Breath within;
And breath without.

Life within;
And life without.

Death within;
And death without.

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Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NLT).

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock (Mark 15:33; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

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Worship in the dark

Seek God
In your wilderness;

Bless him
In your fear. 

Thank him
In your suffering;

Praise him, 
He is near.

Find God 
In your desert;

Love him
In your heart.

Serve him
In your ruins;

Worship
In the dark.

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Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV). 

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart (Luke 10:27; NLT).

I am like an eagle owl, like little owl among the ruins (Psalm 102:6; CSB).

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

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Living Lord

You are our heart’s desire,
And our reward;

The Son of Man,
Whose life has been outpoured;

The Christ who dwells within;
Who is adored;

The anchor of our souls –
Our living Lord.

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Our heart’s desire is to glorify your name (Isaiah 26:2; NLT).

I will trust God for my reward (Isaiah 49:4; NLT).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28; NLT).

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:19; NLT).

Christ is the living cornerstone of God’s temple (1 Peter 2:4; NLT).

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