In silence

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

1. In silence, Lord,
I start afresh,
Seeking you
With every breath.

2. In stillness, Lord,
I try again,
Whispering
Your holy name.

3. In solitude,
I aim, once more,
To find you, Lord,
And to adore.

4. In darkness, Lord,
I hope anew,
And, reaching out,
I wait for you.


References

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

Search for the Lord (Psalm 105:4; NLT).

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

Yahweh is his name (Exodus 15:3; NLT).

3. When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

We adore you (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

4. Sit now in darkness (Isaiah 47:5; NLT).

I will put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

Reach out for him (Acts 17:27; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

“Self”


In him we live and move and have our being
(Acts 17:28; NIV).

1. Help me, Lord, to seek
My inner “self” –
The hidden light
That always guides my way.

2. Help me to discern
My shadow “self” –
The honest truth
That talks with me each day.

3. Help me to explore
My silent “self” –
The secret peace
That brings me such great joy.

4. Help me to accept
My inmost “self” –
The healing love
That nothing can destroy.

5. Help me, then, to shed
My fragile “self” –
It’s only an illusion, Lord,
A breath,

6. For I am one with you,
And you with me –
So nothing will remain of “self”
In death.


References

1. You will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all soul (Deuteronomy 4:29; NIV).

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

2. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).


3. You will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

4. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

5. We ourselves are like fragile clay jars (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

Common people are only a vapour; important people, an illusion (Psalm 62:9; CSB).

They will fade like a dream and not be found (Job 20:8; NLT).

6. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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

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

We are dying

We live in the face of death
(2 Corinthians 4:12; NLT).

Father,

1. We are dying
All day long,
Even in the flower
Of our youth.

2. We do not know the day, Lord,
Or the hour –
Jesus simply tells
The honest truth.

3. The time will come
When we must lose our lives.
Prepared or not,
We take our final breath.

4. Then we must stand
Before your judgement seat,
To face you, blessed Lord,
Beyond our death.


References

1. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day (2 Corinthians 4:16; NLT).

Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear and we fly away (Psalm 90:10; NLT).

All of us must die eventually (2 Samuel 14:14; NLT).

2. How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone (James 4:14; NLT).

You too must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return (Matthew 25:13; NLT).

3. Our lives are in his hands (Psalm 66:9; NLT).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

4. Remember, we will all stand before the judgement seat of God (Romans 14:10; NLT).

The four elements

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1. In days to come, Lord,
Water will prevail,
As waves tear down
The barriers we make.

2. As time goes by,
The air we foul will fail,
Until we fight
For every breath we take.

3. With every year, Lord,
Fire will wreck more lives,
Razing cities;
Turning forests black.

4. And in the end,
This earth will be our grave,
For we exploit her,
Giving nothing back.

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References

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31; NLT).

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

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