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Silence falls

 

Then silence falls
As we draw near

To see your face,
So bright, so dear,

And hear your voice,
So still, so small,  

And grasp how much 
You love us all. 

 

References

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

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

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

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:18; NLT).

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Spiritual darkness

 

Lord,

When I’m in  
Spiritual darkness,

I’m simply in the shadow
Of your wing. 

 

References

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

Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NLY).

All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7; NLT).

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In silent prayer

 

In silent prayer,
I face my inner wasteland.

In silent prayer,
I face temptation, too.

In silent prayer,
I face my fears and failures.

In silent prayer,
I face my self, like you. 

 

References 

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

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

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Do not fear the darkness

 

Do not fear the darkness
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread the clouds
That hide the sky.

For this is how he shields us
From his overwhelming glory – 

Protect us from your face, Lord,
Or we die.

Do not fear the stillness 
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his silence, 
But his cry.

For this is how he shields us
From his terrifying power –

Protect us from your voice, Lord,
Or we die.

Do nor fear the solitude
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his anguish,
Or his sigh.

For this is how he shields us
From his all-consuming anger –

Protect us from your fire, Lord,
Or we die.

 

References

He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds. Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him (Psalm 18:11-12; NLT).

He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him (1 Timothy 6:16; NLT).

Go back down and warn the people not to break through the boundaries to see the Lord, or they will die (Exodus 19:21; NLT).

The Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry. That day will be a day of wrath (Zephaniah 1:14; NIV). 

God’s voice thunders and the earth melts! (Psalm 46:6; NLT).

We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power (Job 37:5; NLT).

Don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die! (Exodus 20:19; NLT).

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

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

Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this blazing fire, for we will die (Deuteronomy 18:16; NLT).

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Do not fear

 

Do not fear the stillness –
He is here.

Do not fear the silence –
He is here.

Do not fear the darkness –
He is here.

Do not fear aloneness –
He is here.

 

References

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

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

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

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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Seek God

 

Seek God
In your desert;

Seek him 
Night and day.  

Seek him
In your ruins;

Seek him
When you stray.

Seek God 
In your wilderness;

Seek him
In the dark.

Seek him
In your brokenness;

Find him
In your heart.

 

References 

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

I am like an eagle owl, like little owl among the ruins (Psalm 102:6; CSB).

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

You will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit (Isaiah 65:14; NIV).

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

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Contemplation

 

The stillness we avoid
Is full of movement.

The darkness we eschew 
Is full of light.

The silence we evade
Is full of music.

The solitude we shun
Is full of you.

 

References 

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

The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).

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

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16; NIV).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it (Genesis 28:16; NIV).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

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