I go with you

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

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).

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Lord,

I go with you
Into my wasteland, 

To walk among the ruins 
Of my years –

Abuse, fear, loss,
Depression, mental illness;

Sickness, failure,
Sinfulness, and tears.

One with you

Lord, we are forever 
One with you.

We come from you; remain in you;
Return to you. 

Your Spirit never leaves us,
Nor forsakes us –

Lord, we are forever
One with you.

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Born from the oblivion 
Of Eden,

And exiled to this world
To seek your way    

Through all the trials and sorrows
Living brings us –

Lord, we are forever
One with you.

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In time, we face 
Gethsemane’s deep anguish,

And walk the lonely shadows   
Of death’s vale,

Till exile ends, 
And we come home to Eden –

Where, Lord, we are forever 
One with you.

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References:

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; NIV).

I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT).

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

Walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:2; NIV). 

My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death (Matthew 26:38; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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

Then we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT).

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Remember

Remember Christ’s birth;
And remember his love.

Remember his anguish;          
Remember his blood. 

Remember his faith; 
And remember his fear.

Remember his death,
And remember he’s here.

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She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them (Luke 2:7; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42; NIV).

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

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

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Come, darkness

 

Come, darkness,  
Close my weary eyes,
For I have said  
My last goodbyes. 

Come, solitude,
And soothe my fear;    
Remind me that
The Lord is near.

Come, stillness,
As my struggles cease,  
And bring me to                     
Eternal peace.

Come, silence,      
After my last breath;
Unite me with the Lord
In death.

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

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbour (Psalm 107:30; NLT).

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

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Forgive our inhumanity

Forgive our inhumanity –
We haven’t learned at all

Since torturing your Son to death,
Our violence still appalls. 

For we are lower than the beasts –
Our hate, legitimised;

Please help us, Lord, to turn to you, 
Repent, and be baptised.

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Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord (Psalm 14:4; NLT).

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

The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me (John 16:2-3; NLT).

Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Christ Jesus (Acts 2:38; NLT).

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Enlightenment and wisdom

Enlightenment and wisdom  
Grow in stages –

Through shafts of insight
And of inspiration; 

During prayers of thanks, joy,
Or devotion;

Of deep distress;
Or silent contemplation.

 

References

The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NKJV).

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 90:12; CSB).

The inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding (Job 32:8; WEB). 

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

In my distress I cried out to the Lord (Psalm 18:6; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NIV).

The God who dwells within

Solitude will lead us
To the God who dwells within. 

Stillness helps us to approach 
The God who dwells within.          

Silence draws us closer
To the God who dwells within.

Darkness then unites us 
With the God who dwells within.

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).

Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

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

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).