This short dialogue is the starting-point for today’s prayer:
Moses:Show me your glorious presence.
God: I will make all my goodness pass before you. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live. Look, stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by (Exodus 33:18-22; NLT).
1. With thick clouds, Lord, you shield me
From your glory,
While you dwell within my flesh,
To give me life.
2. With shadows, you protect me
From your brilliance,
While you dwell within my mind,
To give me light.
3. With darkness, you preserve me
From your power,
While you dwell within my heart,
To give me rest;
4. And though my anguish
Blinds me to your presence,
You dwell within my soul,
So I am blest.
1. Thick clouds swirl about him (Job 22:14; NIV).
God is my shield (Psalm 7:10; NLT).
There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).
He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).
2. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand (Isaiah 49:2; NLT).
He […] protects those who suffer (Job:11; NLT).
His face was like the sun in all its brilliance (Revelation 1:16; NLT).
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).
3. He shrouded himself in darkness (2 Samuel 22:12; NLT).
The Lord preserves the simple (Psalm 116:6; RSV).
All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his (Jude 1:25; NLT).
I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).
4. How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? (Psalm 13:2; NLT).
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).
My eyes are blinded by my tears (Psalm 88:9; NLT).
You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).
God blesses those who are poor in spirit, and realise their need for him (Matthew 5:3; NLT).
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation (James 1:12; NLT).
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows
(John 16:33; NLT).
1. You understand our struggles
You understand our failures,
And our fears.
2. You understand our losses
You understand our anguish,
And our tears.
3. You understand our secrets
You understand our lives –
Each bitter pill.
4. You understand the tests
We must endure, Lord,
For you have shared them all –
And share them still.
1. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do (Psalm 33:15; NLT).
The Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought (1 Chronicles 28:9; NIV).
2. When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died” […] Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” (John 11:32,35-6; NLT).
Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).
3. He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-2; NIV).
If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).
They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21; NKJV).
4. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testings we do (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).
In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4; NIV).
In all their suffering he also suffered
(Isaiah 63:9; NLT).
He is our God forever and ever,
and he will guide us until we die (Psalm 48:14; NLT).
1. You’re one with us in sorrow, Lord,
When you seem far away.
2. You’re one with us in heartbreak,
When we can no longer pray.
3. You’re one with us in loneliness,
For you are always near.
4. You’re one with us in suffering,
In anguish, pain, and fear.
5. You’re one with us when hope is gone,
And we can’t sense your grace.
6. You’re one with us in darkness,
When we cannot see your face.
7. You’re one with us in dying,
And you share our final breath.
8. You’re one with us for evermore,
In birth, in life, in death.
1. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4; NIV).
Why are you so far away when I groan for help? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).
2. You have taken away my companions and my loved ones (Psalm 88:18; NLT).
3. I know that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).
4. Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).
He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).
5. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).
6. Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).
Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).
Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).
7. 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).
Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).
8. Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:8-9; NLT).
Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).
I am with you always, even to the end of the world (Matthew 28:20; WEB).
I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).
Our lives are in his hands (Psalm 66:9; NLT).
The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).
Hello everyone. I’ve been thinking a lot about our shadow side recently – all the parts of ourselves we prefer to hide, ignore and forget. If we are to become whole, we need to face and accept them all, sharing them with God, who already knows everything about us. I find it fascinating that even Jesus had a shadow side, which he had to face and accept during his time on earth – hence today’s prayer.
1. Even you, Lord,
Had a shadow:
Anger, tears, temptation.
2. Even you, Lord,
Had a shadow:
Fears you couldn’t share.
3. Even you, Lord,
Had a shadow:
Sorrow, grief, impatience.
4. Even you, Lord,
Had a shadow:
Anguish, dread, despair.
1. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples (Mark 10:14; NLT).
Jesus wept (John 11:35; NLT).
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil (Matthew 4:1; NLT).
2. He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).
3. Then he [Jesus] said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38; NIV).
Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? (Matthew 17:17; NLT).
4. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).