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Self

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

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

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

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

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I know my ideal self
Does not exist, Lord,

While my outward self
Is merely a defence.

So perhaps my shadow self
Is all I am, Lord?

No wonder that
I often use pretence!

Yet, in truth, I have
No separate self at all, Lord,

Though self is an illusion
I hold fast.

But now’s the time
To let it go forever, Lord,

For I see I’m simply
Part of you – at last!

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In silent prayer

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

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

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Lord God,
In silent prayer

Your waves of light,
Of beauty, peace, and love

Flow out to me,
And back from me to you,

For we
Are one.

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No hope

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

God is with us (Isaiah 7:14; NLT).

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

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV). 



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There is no sea, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no sky, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no light, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no warmth, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no love, my Lord,
But you are here.

There is no hope, my Lord,
But you are here.

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Cares

Give all you worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

My future is in your hands (Psalm 31:14-15; NLT).

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Lord,
During meditation
I put all my cares
Into your hands –

Though, in fact,
They are already
Safely there!

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Shatter the windows!

You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons (Isaiah 42:7; NLT).

What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law […] For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either (Matthew 23:13; NLT).

Be still in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NLT).

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

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Shatter the windows!
Smash down the doors!

Do what you need to,
So you can escape

The prison of
Conventional religious faith.

Then, experience
The presence of our God,

In stillness,
And in silence –

For yourself.

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