Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, Prayer

Love and consolation

Lord,

May I still 
My busy mind,

Creating time and space
For contemplation.

Then I will hear 
Your quiet voice,

Expressing all your love 
And consolation.

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References

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

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

After the fire there was the sound of  gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

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

I will turn their mourning into joy, give them consolation, and bring happiness out of grief (Jeremiah 31:1; CSB).

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Enlightenment and wisdom

Enlightenment and wisdom  
Grow in stages –

Through shafts of insight
And of inspiration; 

During prayers of thanks, joy,
Or devotion;

Of deep distress;
Or silent contemplation.

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The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NKJV).

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 90:12; CSB).

The inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding (Job 32:8; WEB). 

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).

In my distress I cried out to the Lord (Psalm 18:6; NLT).

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

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

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Contemplation

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

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

Let my speech settle like dew (Deuteronomy 32:2; NLT).

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

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

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After the darkness, 
Stillness.

After the stillness,
Speech.

After the speech, Lord,
Silence.

After the silence,
Peace.

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So many prayers

Their nets were so full of fish they began to tear […] Soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking (Luke 5:6-7; NLT).

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Lord,

You give so many prayers –
I can’t keep up, 

Like the fishermen
Whose catch was very great. 

Their nets began to tear,
Their boats to sink –

They needed your assistance
With the weight.

Please help me to maintain
My contemplation.

Please help me, Lord,
To note down every piece.

Please help me to continue 
With my writing –

Until the day you want me, Lord, 
To cease.

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I find you

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

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

When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NET).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

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I find you in the living world 
Around me.

I find you, Lord,
In everyone I greet.

I find you during prayer 
And contemplation.

I find you in my soul, Lord,
Where we meet.

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Come to me

Come to me
in contemplation –
Let my light and love
Flow in.

Come to me
In contemplation –
Free from weariness
And sin.

Come to me
In contemplation –
Listen for my voice
Within.

Come to me
In contemplation –
Drop the need to strive
And win.

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Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

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

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “ I am the light of the world” (John 9:5; NLT).

This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him (Mark 9:7; NLT).

Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV).

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