It is good

It is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord (Lamentations 3:26; NLT).

It is good to rest beside you, Lord,
In stillness;

Good to sit with you
In private prayer;

Good to stand before you, Lord,
In silence;

Good to walk in darkness –
You are there.

It is good to hold your hand, Lord,
When we suffer;

Good to be with you
Both day and night;

Good, Lord, to become
Your sacred temple –

One with you, absorbed into
Your light.

 

References

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NIV).

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

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

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

I will take you by the hand and guard you (Isaiah 42:6; NLT).

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

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

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

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

Sunrise and sunset

Sunrise and sunset, Lord,
Are an illusion –
Moments in time,
Wherever we may be;

For your sun burns,
Unceasing in the heavens,
While earth spins us around it
Constantly.

So we move from light, Lord,
Into darkness;
From darkness back to light,
Day after day;

And, likewise, we must face
Our inner darkness,
As well as brighter times
Along our way.

There may we rest,
In stillness and in silence,
Safe, Lord, in the shadow
Of your wing;

For night shines bright as day
To you, their Maker,
So, even in our darkness,
We can sing.

References

I form the light and create darkness (Isaiah 45:7; NIV).

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

He uncovers mysteries hidden in darkness; he brings light to the deepest gloom (Job 12:22; NLT).

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

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

How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7; NLT).

To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night” (Genesis 1:3-5; NLT).

Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 63:7; NLT).

We can’t claim any credit

When you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have only done our duty’ (Luke 17:10; NLT).

We can’t claim any credit, Lord,
For following your Son,
Because you give us faith
From heaven above.

We can’t claim any credit, Lord,
For holding him so dear,
Because you give our hearts
The gift of love.

We can’t claim any credit, Lord,
For spreading his Good News,
Because you fill our souls
With joy and peace.

We can’t claim any credit, Lord,
For serving you each day,
Because you make us all
Your holy priests.

References

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all (1 Corinthians 12:4; NLT).

The […] Spirit gives great faith (1 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

May God give you more and more mercy, peace and love (Jude 1:2; NLT).

You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God (1 Peter 2:9; NLT).

Great is the Lord, who delights in blessing his servant with peace! (Psalm 35:27; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

You are his [God’s] holy priests (1 Peter 2:5; NLT).

Your kingdom

 

When love reigns, Lord, instead of hate,
And trust, instead of fear;
When peace prevails instead of war,
Your kingdom will be near.

When kindness dwells in every heart,
And we care every day
For people, creatures, and this world,
Your rule, Lord, will hold sway.

When your light shines from every soul
And brings an end to sin;
When hope dries every bitter tear,
Your realm will be within.

Lord, when we share more equally,
And all of us are one
With you, and with the earth, our home,
Your kingdom will have come.

 

References

They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NLT)

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

Show mercy and kindness to one another (Zechariah 7:9; NLT).

He will rule with fairness and justice (Isaiah 9:7; NLT).

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness (Isaiah 58:10; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help (Isaiah 58:7; NLT).

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).

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NIV).

Shine your light

 

Father, 
Shine your light on me.

Jesus,
Touch, and heal me.

Holy Spirit, 
Cleanse my heart,

So that I 
May serve thee.

 

References

For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

Heal me, O Lord (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; NLT).

With you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you (Psalm 130:4; NIV).

 

 

A dream (27 February 2019)

Early yesterday morning, I had a strange and vivid dream, which I would like to share with you:

I’m sinking deep into my self, towards a small, intense, single cell of white light. It has a clearly outlined border, and a dark nucleus. I watch it slowly moving and changing shape, rather like an amoeba. It is alive.

As I descend towards it, I begin to realise that this light is far larger and brighter than it seemed at first. I plunge into it. The light surrounds and inundates me completely. Instantly, I lose all sight and sense of it having any boundaries at all. It is limitless. 

Then I understand that this light is God. There is no separation between it and myself, other people, animals, creation, the living, the dead, past, present, or future. Rather, all things are the infinite, incomprehensible oneness of God, who is, “Over all, in all, and living through all”.

Then I woke up, daylight streaming into my room. Later, whilst I was dressing, it came into my mind that no matter what happens, I am healed. 

Afterwards, I wrote down everything I had seen, experienced and understood, feeling stunned, awed, humbled, and utterly silenced. 

Friends, I have always known that one day the prayers God gives me would come to an end. It may be that I have reached that point, but I simply don’t know yet. Time will tell. 

 

References

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

No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

How great is God – beyond our understanding (Job 36:26; NIV).

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

O Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around you (Luke 5:8; NLT).