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I’m empty

No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven (John 3:27; NLT).

God gives rest to his loved ones (Psalm 127:2; NLT).

God gives […] joy to those who please him (Ecclesiastes 2:26; NLT).

You will also share in the comfort God gives us (2 Corinthians 1:7; NLT).

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

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I’m empty, Lord –
Restore my bones
With rest.

I’m empty, Lord –
Relieve my mind
With joy.

I’m empty, Lord –
Revive my heart
With comfort.

I’m empty, Lord –
Refill my soul
With love.

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You are all

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13, NLT).

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Lord,
I can be just as I am
With you,
And that’s okay.

I can be empty, Lord,
And you don’t mind.

I can be weak,
For you work best
Through weakness.

And I can be nothing, Lord,
For you are all.

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Open our eyes

He created the earth and everything in it (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship (Psalm 19:1; NLT).

“Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord (Jeremiah 23:24; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
When we close our eyes
To your presence
In all you have created,
Our lives become pointless,
Empty,
And depressing.

Please open our eyes
To see you in the world,
In everyone we meet,
And even in ourselves.

 

 

 

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Far, near, and everywhere

“Am I a God who is only close at hand?” says the LORD. “No, I am far away at the same time. […]  Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” (Jeremiah 23:23-4; NLT).


Lord,
On the days
When you seem far away
I reach out to you
Across a vast and empty space
As best I can;

And on the days
When you seem near,
I reach in to you,
Deep within my heart and soul
As best I can;

For you are far away,
And near,
Within, without –
And everywhere.

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Contemplation

‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants – men and women alike – and they will prophesy’ (Acts 2:17-18; NLT).

Father,
What will I experience
In contemplation today?

Brightness,
Darkness,
Or emptiness?

Sensations,
Worries,
Or fantasies?

Thoughts,
Emotions,
Or memories?

Dreams,
Visions,
Or inspiration?

Lord,
Whatever I experience
During contemplation today,
May it help me
To understand myself more deeply,
And to draw ever closer
To you.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Stumped

“I am nothing but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

“I am nothing – how could I ever find the answers?” (Jon 40:4; NLT).


Why do you bother with me, Lord?
Why do you give me faith?

For I am nothing,
And I know nothing.

I have nothing to offer,
And I achieve nothing.

Why do you give me prayers
Few people want to use?

What good am I to you,
Without the energy to serve?

My hands are always empty
When I stand before you.

So why do you bother with me, Lord?
You’ve got me stumped!

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