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Silence falls

 

Then silence falls
As we draw near

To see your face,
So bright, so dear,

And hear your voice,
So still, so small,  

And grasp how much 
You love us all. 

 

References

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

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:18; NLT).

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Emptiness

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).

The Lord is near (Philippians 4:5; NIV).

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Lord,
You’re in my emptiness,
My wilderness,
My night;

Lord,
You’re in my suffering,
My loneliness,
My plight;

Lord,
You’re in my tiredness,
My misery,
My fear –

So,
No matter how hard
Life may be,
I know you’re always near.

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Not far away

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

When Jesus said, “this temple,” he meant his own body (John 2:21; NLT).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

We are the temple of the living God. As God said, “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God and they will be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).
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You are not far away,
But very near, Lord,
For our bodies
Are your temple,
And your home.

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Draw near

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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

God lives in us (1 John 4:12; NIV).

Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NIV).

The Holy Spirit …lives in us (2 Timothy 1:14; NIV).

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

 

Lord God,
You don’t ‘come down’
To hear my prayers,
For you’re already living here,
Within me.

Instead,
I need to seek you
In my soul,
Draw near to you,
And listen for your voice.

 

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Expectations

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

Now seek the Lord your God with all your heart (1 Chronicles 22:19; NLT).

 

Lord,
As I begin to pray,
I have no expectations.

Today, you might seem near,
Or far away.

You might speak directly to me,
Or stay silent.

You might be clothed in darkness,
Or in light.

But my experience during prayer
Is not important,

As long as I keep seeking you
With all my heart.

 

 

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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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Paradox

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

For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

He rides across the heavens to help you (Deuteronomy 33:26; NLT).

We give thanks because you are near (Psalm 75:1; NLT).

O LORD, why do you stand so far away? (Psalm 10:1; NLT).


Lord,
You are light, –
Yet we seek you
In darkness.

You speak –
Yet we seek you
In silence.

You move –
Yet we seek you
In stillness.

You are near –
Yet you can seem
So far away.

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