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You hold us all

 

You hold us all 
As tight as we can bear, Lord,

And help us through the trials
We must face.

Please help us to be patient 
In our sorrows,

So we can all endure them
With your grace. 

 

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You hold me (Psalm 18:48; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Corinthians 6:4; NLT).

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich (2 Corinthians 8:9; NLT).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

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You can’t be hurried

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28; NLT).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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Lord, you can’t be hurried,
Or restricted;

You cannot be controlled,
Or made to wait.

Lord, you can’t be pressured,
Or commanded;

You are never early,
Never late.

Instead, your timing, Lord,
Is always perfect –

You make things work together
For our good;

So, may we seek you humbly,
And with patience,

As we wait in contemplation,
Full of love.

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Like you

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? (Romans 2:4; NLT).

Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32; NLT).

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do (Ephesians 5:1; NLT).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

 

Lord God,
You are so very kind
To me.

Please help me
To love others –
Just like you.

 

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Turmoil

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts (Psalm 139:23; NLT).

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

My peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

 

Lord,
I wait upon you
In the turmoil
Of my thoughts,
And my emotions,
Until I find your peace
At last,
In contemplation.

 

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Father

How kind the LORD is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? (Romans 2:4; NLT).

“…your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48; NLT).


Father,
You’re so bright
That I can’t look at you,

So fiery
That I can’t approach you,

So close
That I can’t hide from you,

So kindly
That I can’t help thanking you,

So patient
That I can’t help praising you,

So faithful
That I can’t help trusting you,

And so perfect
That I can’t help loving you.

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Eternal God

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

Be still before the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patent God is with you? (Romans 2:4; NLT).

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).


Lord,
It takes me ages
To deal with
All the thoughts,
Worries,
And prayers
That crowd into my mind,
As I work my way
Towards becoming
Silent
And still
Before you.

But I know
You’re not impatient –
For to you
A thousand years
Are like a day,
And a day
Is like a thousand years,
Eternal God.

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SILENCE

Silence

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).

Obey his commands, listen to his voice and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation (Galatians 6:15; NLT).

Lord,
Waiting for you in silence
Is different every time…

Relaxing,
Restorative,
Or blissful;

Challenging,
Alarming,
Disturbing;

Inspiring,
Awesome –
Even revelatory;

For when you speak,
Our hearts
Are transformed,

And our lives
Turned
Upside down.

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