Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me (Psalm 42:7; NIV).

Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deep and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me (Psalm 69:1-2; NLT).

“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38; NIV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! (Isaiah 61:10; NLT).

Just as grief
Overwhelms us
In waves,
So does your love,
In contemplation.




“Here I am” (1 Samuel:3:4; NIV).

“O Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around you” (Luke 5:8; NLT).

“Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you” (Luke 7:6-7; NLT).

“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9; NIV).

…and after the fire, a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

Here I am, in contemplation,
Overwhelmed by your presence,
And afraid.

Part of me wants to say:
“Lord, leave me! I’m a sinner,
And I don’t deserve to be near you.”

But a braver part of me says:
“Speak, Lord,
For your servant is listening.”

Then I write down
What you teach me,
As best I can.


The hands of God

The hands of God

It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31; NLT).

God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all (1 John 1:5; NLT).

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

I can never get away from your presence! (Psalm 139:7; NLT).

No wonder I am so terrified in his presence. When I think of it, terror grips me  (John 23:15; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

Living God,
It is a terrible thing
To fall into your hands.

Your light
Blinds me.

Your fire
Burns me.

Your presence
Fills me with dread.

Your love
Overwhelms me.

Living God,
It is a terrible thing
To fall into your hands.