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Darkness

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

Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

When completeness comes, what is in part disappears (1 Corinthians 13:10; NLT).

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Lord,
I’ve always kept my shadow self
In darkness,

Shunning the thoughts
I’d rather not accept;

But now, I’m sharing
My whole self with you,

So these thoughts become the cure
That makes me whole.

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Closing my eyes

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

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

You have brought me into your presence forever (Psalm 41:12; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Lord,
Closing my eyes,
I sink into the darkness
Of your womb.

Closing my eyes,
I sink into the stillness
Of your love.

Closing my eyes,
I sink into the silence
Of your presence.

Closing my eyes,
I sink into the vastness
Of your peace.

Many thanks to Jim Marion’s book “Putting on the mind of Christ” for helping me to put these experiences into words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hidden

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

He shrouded himself in darkness (2 Samuel 22:12; NLT).

Though he was God […] he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7; NLT).

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

Your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

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

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Father,
You are light,
Shrouded in darkness.

Jesus,
You are God,
Veiled in human form.

Spirit,
You are truth,
Hidden within us all.

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I wait for you

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NIV).

Let all that I am wait quietly before God (Psalm 62:5; NLT).

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I wait for you
In darkness, Lord;
I wait for you
Alone.

I wait for you
In silence, Lord;
You are my rock,
My home.

I wait for you
In brilliant light;
I wait with
Every breath.

I wait for you
In life, Lord;
And I wait for you
In death.

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No limit

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

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You have no limit,
Start,
Or end;

You have no darkness,
Fault,
Or sin;

You have no gender,
Size,
Or shape;

You have no colour,
Mass,
Or weight.

For you are Spirit,
Light,
And fire;

You are presence,
Peace,
And love;

You are faithful,
Just,
And fair;

You are the God
We meet
In prayer.

 

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You offer us your light

The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one! (Psalm 14:2-3; NLT).

People loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil (John 3:19; NIV).

 

Lord,
You offer us
Your light,
And truth,
And love –

But we prefer
Our darkness,
Lies,
And hate.

 

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If we seek God

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

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

For God alone my soul waits in silence (Psalm 62:1; ESV).

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

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray (Mark 1:35; NLT).

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

 

If we seek God
We cannot fail to find him,

As long as we look
In helpful ways and places –

In stillness,
And in silence;

In solitude,
And darkness;

In people,
And in nature;

And in contemplation,
Deep within ourselves.

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