Seek him in darkness

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1. Seek him in darkness,
And find him in stillness.
Listen in silence,
And pray, on your own.

2. See him in paradox,
Active, unchanging:
Christ is in paradise,
Waiting, alone.

3. Meet him in darkness,
And bow down in stillness.
Christ speaks in silence:
His words fall like dew.

4. See him in paradox,
Active, unchanging:
Christ is in paradise,
Waiting for you.


References

1. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him (Psalm 105:4; NLT).

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

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

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

This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him (Luke 9:35; NLT).

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

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

2. You cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things (Ecclesiastes 11:5 NLT).

I the Lord do not change (Malachi 3:6; NIV).

Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NIV).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

3. Moses approached the total darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; CSB).

Bow down to him (2 Kings 17:36; NLT).

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

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew (Deuteronomy 32:2; NIV)

4. The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Sacrifice

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit (Psalm 51:17; NIV).

1. Lord,
May my prayers,
Though meagre, dry, and bleak,
Rise, like the dust
To which I will return.

2. Lord,
May my thanks,
However poor and weak,
Rise, like the distant stars
Where I will burn.

3. Lord,
May my joy,
So frail, and swiftly crushed,
Rise, like sweet incense
To your paradise.

4. Lord,
May my trials,
Through which I learn to trust,
Rise, like the pleasing smoke
Of sacrifice.

You will be like a pleasing sacrifice to me (Ezekiel 20:41; NLT).


References

1. Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

You were made from dust and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

2. Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

It is the Lord who created the stars (Amos 5:8; NLT).

The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat (Psalm 19:6; NLT).

3. Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

All around the world they offer sweet incense […] in honour of my name (Malachi 1:11: NLT).

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

You will offer special gifts as a pleasing aroma to the Lord (Numbers 15:3; NLT).

To you all are alive

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To him all are alive (Luke 20:38; NIV).

1. To you all are alive, Lord God,
Before our birth,
In life, in death.

2. You know us all before you form us
In the womb,
And give us breath.

3. You live within us here on earth;
You share each grief
And sacrifice.

4. You walk with us in death’s dark vale,
And bring us all
To paradise.

5. At every stage you love us, Lord,
And never fail
To help us through,

6. For you are always one with us,
And we are always
One with you.


References

1. Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NLT).

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

He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

3. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

4. 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).

Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NIV).

5. He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

6. Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

Hidden with Christ in God


You died, and your life now is hidden with Christ in God.

(Colossians 3:3; NIV).

1. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
So I’m a witness
At your birth.

2. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
So I can share
Your life on earth.

3. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
So I can mourn
Your sacrifice.

4. May I be hidden, Lord,
With you,
For evermore
In paradise.

References

1. She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).

2. Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23; NIV).

3. A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women (Luke 23:27; NLT).

4. Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NLT).

Seek God’s help

1. Try to think each thought
With love –
Seek God’s help
Through Jesus’ name.

2. Try to say each word
With love –
Ask him for
The Spirit’s flame.

3. Try to do each deed
With love –
Beg his help:
Christ will suffice.

4. Try to live your life
In love –
You’ll dwell with him
In paradise.


References

1. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

The Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name (John 15:16; NLT).

2. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him (Luke 11:13; NLT).

What looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4; NLT).

3. Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you (Psalm:5; NLT).

Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17; NLT).

4. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NLT).

Joy

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
(Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

1. Lord,
May I do everything
With joy,
So others glimpse
Your earthly paradise.

2. Lord,
May I do everything
With faith,
So others comprehend
Your sacrifice.

3. Lord,
May I do everything
With love,
So others understand
That you are near.

4. Lord,
May I do everything
With prayer,
So others grasp
That you are always here.

References

1. Always be joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NLT).

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

2. Don’t be afraid. Just have faith (Mark 5:36; NLT).

By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

3. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; 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).

4. Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

You walk upon the earth

1. You walk upon the earth, Lord God,
You ride across the skies;

2. You flow through every sea, Lord God,
Creating paradise.

References

1. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden (Genesis 3:8; NLT).

He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendour (Deuteronomy 33:26; NLT).

You make your clouds your chariot; you ride upon the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:3; NLT).

2. Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters (Psalm 77:19; NLT).

Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NLT).