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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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We cannot share your light

 

Lord,

We cannot share your light
Without your darkness.

We cannot share your peace
Without your pain. 

We cannot share your hope 
Without your sorrow.

We cannot share your way
Without your shame. 

We cannot share your truth 
Without your weeping.

We cannot share your faith
Without your loss. 

We cannot share your joy 
Without your anguish.

We cannot share your love 
Without your cross.

 

References 

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock (Matthew 27:45; NLT).

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

His name will be the hope of all the world (Matthew 12:21; NLT).

He began to be sorrowful and troubled (Matthew 26:37; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

He endured the cross, disregarding its shame (Hebrews 12:2; NLT).

Then Jesus wept (John 11:35; NLT).

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46; NIV).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

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

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Thank you

 

Thank you 
For your light, Lord,
Your peace, your truth
Your love;

Your darkness, 
Fire, 
Hate,
And indignation.

Thank you 
For your justice,
Your judgement,
And your law;

Your mercy, 
Fairness, 
Grace, Lord,   
And salvation.

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

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

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

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

I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing (Isaiah 61:8; NLT).

The nations will not be able to endure his indignation (Jeremiah 10:10; NKJV).

Don’t you realise God’s justice continues forever? (Psalm 52:1; NLT).

God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

The sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will (Romans 8:7; NLT). 

The Lord our God is merciful (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

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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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Beyond our understanding

 

Lord, 

You are beyond
Our understanding.

A ceaseless, towering fire; 
An infinite sea of grace.

A deep, protective darkness; 
A glorious, dazzling light.

A fathomless ocean of sorrow; 
A boundless, eternal peace.

A mysterious, measureless wisdom;
A sacred, absolute truth.

A terrible, blazing anger; 
A timeless, unfailing love.

 

References 

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

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

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

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

The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

My anger blazes forth like fire and burns to the depths of the grave (Deuteronomy 32:22; NLT).

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

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