solitude, silence, stillness, darkness, contemplation, prayer,

Do not fear the darkness

 

Do not fear the darkness
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread the clouds
That hide the sky.

For this is how he shields us
From his overwhelming glory – 

Protect us from your face, Lord,
Or we die.

Do not fear the stillness 
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his silence, 
But his cry.

For this is how he shields us
From his terrifying power –

Protect us from your voice, Lord,
Or we die.

Do nor fear the solitude
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his anguish,
Or his sigh.

For this is how he shields us
From his all-consuming anger –

Protect us from your fire, Lord,
Or we die.

 

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He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds. Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him (Psalm 18:11-12; NLT).

He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him (1 Timothy 6:16; NLT).

Go back down and warn the people not to break through the boundaries to see the Lord, or they will die (Exodus 19:21; NLT).

The Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry. That day will be a day of wrath (Zephaniah 1:14; NIV). 

God’s voice thunders and the earth melts! (Psalm 46:6; NLT).

We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power (Job 37:5; NLT).

Don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die! (Exodus 20:19; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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

Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this blazing fire, for we will die (Deuteronomy 18:16; NLT).

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Inexpressible beauty

 

Inexpressible beauty,
Ungraspable power;

Unimaginable wisdom,
Infinite mercy;

Inextinguishable light,
Unsurpassable truth;

Unfailing love,
And fullness of perfection –

This, friends, is our Maker,
And our God.

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From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth (Psalm 50:2; NIV).

We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power (Job 37:5; NLT).

His deeds are perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4; NLT).

His way is perfect (2 Samuel 22:31; NIV).

Only God is truly good (Luke 18:19; NLT).

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

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Those who have least

In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people (Luke 22:25; NLT).

The rich rule the poor (Proverbs 22:7, NLT).

Those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last (Matthew 20:16; NLT).

Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else (Mark 9:35; NLT).

God blesses are those who are poor and realise their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs (Matthew 5:3; NLT).

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Lord,

Those who have least
Are constantly at risk

Of being exploited
By those who have the most.

Whether its money,
Or education,

Status,
Or property,

Connections,
Or influence,

Power,
Or privilege –

Those who have least
Are constantly at risk

Of being exploited
By those who have the most.

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Peace

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

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Lord God,
May all with power
Maintain peace –

In every home,
School,
Place of work,
And government.

Lord God,
May all who bully
Search for peace –

In every home,
School,
Place of work,
And government.

Lord God,
May all abusers
Turn to peace –

In every home,
School,
Place of work,
And government.

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A blessing

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you (Luke 1:35; KJV).

Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8; NLT).

The Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings (Malachi 4:2; NLT).

I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children (Isaiah 44:3; NLT).

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May the power of the Father
Overshadow us,
Guarding us for evermore,
Amen.

May the power of the Saviour
Come upon us,
Healing us for evermore,
Amen.

May the power of the Spirit
Fall upon us,
Blessing us for evermore,
Amen.

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Silent prayer

No one has ever seen God (John 1:18; NLT).

I can’t even imagine the greatness of his power (Job 37:5; NLT).

Your own ears will hear him (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

After the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

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

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

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Lord,
Our eyes can’t see you,
Nor can our words
Describe your greatness,
Or your power;

But our ears can hear
Your precious, still, small voice,
And our hearts can receive
Your love, in silent prayer.

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I lose myself

You also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT).

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God (Ephesians 3:19; NLT).

 

Lord God,

I lose myself
In you,
Until I am
Not me,
Not you,
But one with you –
Complete.

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