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May we bud in your light

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

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

God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

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

My people will again live under my shade. They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines (Hosea 14:7; NLT).

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Lord,

May we bud
In your light,

Grow
In your truth,

Bloom
In your love,

And flourish
In your peace,

For evermore.

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So much suffering

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

How frail is humanity! How short life is and full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup off suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

Hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NIV).

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Lord,

There’s so much suffering
In our brief, human lives,

Such pain to bear,
Such losses to sustain.

Please strengthen us
To face our trials bravely,

And help us to hold fast
Our faith, like you.

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Help me to seek you

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

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

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

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

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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Lord,

Help me to seek you
In solitude,

Search for you
In darkness,

Wait for you
In stillness,

And listen for your voice
In silence,

So I may find you –
Deep within my soul.

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You can’t be hurried

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28; NLT).

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

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Lord, you can’t be hurried,
Or restricted;

You cannot be controlled,
Or made to wait.

Lord, you can’t be pressured,
Or commanded;

You are never early,
Never late.

Instead, your timing, Lord,
Is always perfect –

You make things work together
For our good;

So, may we seek you humbly,
And with patience,

As we wait in contemplation,
Full of love.

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Beyond your light

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

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

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

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

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

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Lord,
Beyond your light,
I find your raging fire.

Lord,
Beyond your fire,
I find your blissful peace.

Lord,
Beyond your peace,
I find your perfect truth.

Lord,
Beyond your truth,
I find your endless love.

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Beyond all beauty

Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us (Psalm 90:17; KJV).

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

Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! (Romans 11:33; NLT).

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

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Lord,
You’re beyond all beauty –
We can’t glimpse you;

Please open our eyes,
So we may see your light.

Lord,
You’re beyond all wisdom –
We can’t grasp you;

Please open our minds,
So we may hear your truth.

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In heaven

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever (Revelation 21:4; NLT).

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Lord,

Will there be land
And sea in heaven?

Will there be sun,
And shining moon above?

Will there be woods,
And beautiful, high mountains?

Will there be laughter, joy,
And endless love?

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