Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, Prayer

Silent prayer

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

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

Love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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Silent prayer –
Our time
For seeking you,
Lord God.

Silent prayer –
Our time
For opening
To you.

Silent prayer –
Our time
For listening
To your voice.

Silent prayer –
Our time
To be at one
With you.

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My blend

Hello everyone. Much of the news has been bad recently, so today I’m posting a more lighthearted prayer by way of compensation:

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The baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God (Luke 13:29; NIV).

I can never get away from your presence! (Psalm 139:9; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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Son of Man, I am a Quaker
With a pantheistic flavour,
And a subtle Catholic influence
From youth.

I combine your Holy Scripture
With a dash of Celtic mixer,
And The Book of Common Prayer
Thrown in for truth.

I blend Buddhist meditation
With my Christian contemplation,
For both of these are simply
Wordless prayer.

So, rejoicing in your birth,
I pay homage to the earth,
And celebrate your presence
Everywhere.

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Agoraphobia diary: introduction

Warm greetings to you all. Some of you may remember a short trip I made by bike a couple of years ago, during which I stretched the boundaries of my agoraphobia. Today I’m starting a new challenge: the most demanding and complex journey I’ve ever made on my own. It will use all the skills I’ve slowly been working on throughout my life, including flying, cars, and trains (though I haven’t actually been on a train for many years). I’ll also be staying in 3 different locations, and having some painful hospital treatment, just to add an extra touch of excitement and exhaustion. As well as the agoraphobia, I also live with chronic fatigue, chronic depression, and chronic migraine, so the whole project will be taxing in a variety of different ways.

During this 7-day trip, I’ll do my very best to keep up with the daily blogs, but will also add a short, honest report on how things are going. So, to kick off, before I leave for the airport later this morning, here is today’s prayer, which is introduced by one of my very favourite quotations from the Bible:

Agoraphobia

Ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12; KJV).

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Lord,

I’ve suffered
All my life
From agoraphobia,

But now accept,
Embrace it,
Without pain.

I know that
It’s the product
Of my childhood,

For fear
Has shaped my body,
And my brain.

I live with it;
I’m not ashamed
To speak of it;

But manage it
As best I can,
With prayer;

So in one sense
I’m no longer
Agoraphobic,

For I do not suffer,
Now I’ve learned
To care.

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God is all

In seething, blood-red darkness,
At the heart of silent prayer,
No sense of self remains,
And God is all.

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The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2; KJV).

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13; NLT).

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Beyond

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

He hears my voice (Psalm 55:17; NIV).

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Lord God,
You are beyond
Our understanding;

Far beyond
Our thoughts,
And all our ways;

Far beyond
Our weak
Imagination –

Yet not beyond
Our love, and prayers,
And praise.

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I don’t just want to pray

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically (Romans 12:11; NLT).

Praise God (Psalm 68:26; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

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Lord God,

I don’t just want to pray –
I want my life to be
Continual prayer.

I don’t just want to serve –
I want my life to be
Continual service.

I don’t just want to praise –
I want my life to be
Continual worship.

I don’t just want to care –
I want my life to be
Continual love.

 

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When silence is too much

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

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Praise the Lord (Psalm 68:19; NLT).

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When silence
Is too much
For me to bear, Lord,

May I whisper
Love and praise,
In simple prayer.

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