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Poor shadow

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12; NLT).

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT).

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Lord,
I’d never catch a glimpse
Of my poor shadow,
If it wasn’t for your light
In silent prayer!

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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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