The paradox of contemplation

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

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

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).


Though I’m alone,
You’re my companion;

And in the silence,
I can hear your voice.

Although my eyes are closed,
You light my darkness;

And though I’m sitting still,
We meet, and dance.


I know the Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

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

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

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

You are present –
Even when you seem absent.

Your light shines –
Even in the dark.

You love us –
Even when we feel friendless,

And you hold us safely –
Even when all seems lost.


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).

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.