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As darkness falls

As darkness falls,
I come ashore,

And take the path
To heaven’s door.

You run to meet me,
Kiss my face,

And overwhelm me
With your grace.

 

References

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

There before me was a door standing open in heaven (Revelation 4:1; NIV).

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

Doesn’t your fear of him overwhelm you? (Job 13:11; NLT).

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT).

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Silence

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in silence,  
May we hear the whisper 
Of your voice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in private,
May we know your presence,
And rejoice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in stillness,
May we find your peace of mind
And love.

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in darkness,
May we sense the advent
Of your dove.

 

References

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

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave you are there (Psalm 139:7-8; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NLT). 

The Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,”  and there was light (Genesis 1:2-3; NLT).

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When we lose you

Jesus, 
When we lose you   
In our troubles,
May we search until
We find your peace.

Spirit,
When we lose you 
In our sorrow,
May we search until
We share your love.

Mary,
When we lose you
In our sickness,
May we search until 
We know your grace. 

Father,
When we lose you
In our darkness, 
May we search
Until we see your face.

 

References 

O God, you are my God. I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

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

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

Here is your mother (John 19:27; NLT). 

Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; KJV).

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Contemplation

Father, 
When I come to you in silence 
My body can’t be left outside the door;
So I share my pain and sickness with you,
Then I find they trouble me no more. 

Father,
When I search for you in stillness  
Endless thoughts and fantasies hold sway;
So I share my vague distractions with you, 
Then I find they slowly drift away.

Father, 
When I seek you out in private 
Painful feelings can’t be pushed aside; 
So I share my rage and sorrow with you,
Then I find they quietly subside. 

Father,
When I wait for you in darkness 
Terror sometimes shakes me to the core; 
But I share my fear and anguish with you,
Then I let them go, Lord, and adore. 

 

References

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

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

When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

Wait for the Lord (Psalm 37:34; 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).

We adore you as the one who is over all things (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

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Change

Change germinates in darkness
When we start to seek your light.

Peace springs up with forgiveness
Once we glimpse your sacrifice.

Strength slowly grows through sorrow  
While we grasp your mortal fear;

And when our love matures, at last,
Your harvest-time is near. 

 

References

The kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest-time has come (Mark 4:26-9; NLT).

The pain caused you to repent and change your ways (2 Corinthians 7:9; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

He [Jesus] prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22; NIV).

Grow to maturity (2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

At harvest-time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn (Matthew 13:30; NET). 

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When sorrow comes

When sorrow comes
I long for you,
While you, Lord,
Comfort me.

When sickness strikes
I search for you,
While you, Lord,
Make me whole.

When life is hard
I cry to you,
While you, Lord,
Strengthen me.

When darkness falls
I beg your help,
While you, Lord,
Heal my soul. 

 

References

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

May the God of peace make you holy in every way (1 Thessalonians 5:23; NLT).

You encourage me by giving me your strength (Psalm 138:3; NLT).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

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Darkness and light

Hello everyone. I thought some of you might be interested to see what a difference a word or two can make to the feel and meaning of a prayer. Below are two versions of the same basic idea. See what you think about the different shades of meaning to be found in each:

1st version

May darkness be 
The same to me 
As light.

May weakness be 
The same to me
As might.

May hardship be 
The same to me
As wealth.

May sickness be
The same to me 
As health.

May silence be 
The same to me
As speech.

May trouble be
The same to me
As peace.  

May dryness be 
The same to me 
As dew.

May death, Lord, be
The same to me
As you.

2nd version

May darkness be 
As dear to me
As light.

May weakness be 
As dear to me
As might.

May hardship be 
As dear to me
As wealth.

May sickness be
As dear to me 
As health.

May silence be 
As dear to me
As speech.

May trouble be
As dear to me
As peace.  

May dryness be  
As dear to me 
As dew.

May death, Lord, be
As dear to me
As you.

References

Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything (Philippians 4:12; NLT).

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:12; NIV).

Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV)

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