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What is brighter?

What is brighter
Than God’s light?

What is fiercer
Than his fire?

What is wiser
Than God’s truth?

What is slower
Than his ire?

What is gentler
Than God’s voice?

What is dearer 
Than his blood?

What is stronger
Than God’s peace?

What is deeper
Than his love?

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References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV). 

The Lord is slow to anger (Numbers 14:18; NLT).

After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

This is my blood […] It is poured out as a sacrifice for many (Mark 14:24; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

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

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Contemplation

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

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

Let my speech settle like dew (Deuteronomy 32:2; NLT).

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

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After the darkness, 
Stillness.

After the stillness,
Speech.

After the speech, Lord,
Silence.

After the silence,
Peace.

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Darkness

The darkness we avoid
Is full of light, Lord.

The desert we reject
Is full of dew.

The suffering we fear
Is full of peace, Lord.

The wilderness we dread 
Is full of you.

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The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).

Your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew (Psalm 110:3; NLT).

In me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world (John 16:33; CSB).

The pastures of the wilderness are again green with grass (Joel 2:22; NET).

He left in a boat to a remote are to be alone (Matthew 14:13; NLT).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it (Genesis 28:16; NIV).

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Lost in you

Many thanks to my friend Graham, who sent me an email that triggered this prayer.

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

The Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17; NLT).

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NIV).

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Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your comfort.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find release.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your kindness.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your peace.  

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Sacred elements

Lord,

Thank you for this
Heavenly, holy world,

And all the sacred elements
Of life –

For earth 
And air;

For water, Lord, 
And fire; 

For peace, 
And truth;

And, far above all others, Lord,
For love.

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT). 

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

God is the spring of living water (Jeremiah 2:13; NIV).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV). 

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

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV). 

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Without complaint

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

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Love, and joy,
And patience;

Peace;
And kindness, too;

Beneficence;
And faithfulness;

Gentleness;
Restraint;

All these 
Can be ours –

Just follow Christ,
Without complaint.

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Peace

May your peace reign
Throughout the earth –

The peace that is beyond
All understanding;

And may each order
To make war

Find your love    
Countermanding.

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The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; NIV).

Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7; NIV).

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

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