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Close your eyes

 

Close your eyes
In contemplation –

Let God’s light
Flow into you.

Then relax
In contemplation –

Let God’s peace
Flow into you.

Wait for God
In contemplation –

Let his fire
Flow into you.

Merge with God
In contemplation –

Let his love
Flow into you.

 

References 

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

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

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

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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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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Dusty books

 

Lord,
You’re not found 
In dusty books,   
But in the world around us.

Lord,
You’re not found 
In ritual,  
But in silent contemplation.

Lord,
You’re not found 
In required beliefs,
But in everyone you mould.

Lord, 
You’re not found 
In church or shrine,
But in every living soul.

 

References

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known (Psalm 19:1-2; NLT).

The people of Israel love their rituals of sacrifice, but to me their sacrifices are all meaningless (Hosea 8:13; NLT).

When you pray, don’t babble on and on (Matthew 6:7; NLT). 

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

The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7; NIV).

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

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

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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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