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Darkness

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

Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

When completeness comes, what is in part disappears (1 Corinthians 13:10; NLT).

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Lord,
I’ve always kept my shadow self
In darkness,

Shunning the thoughts
I’d rather not accept;

But now, I’m sharing
My whole self with you,

So these thoughts become the cure
That makes me whole.

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Peace

May the Lord show you his favour and give you his peace (Numbers 6:26; NLT).

May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation (2 Thessalonians 3:16; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NLT).

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Lord God,
Please give us
The peace
Which only you
Can give –
So we can share it
With the world.

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Inner space

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Give your burdens to the Lord (Psalm 55:22; NLT).

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

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

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Before you start to meditate
Share all that’s on your mind,
And in your heart,
With God.

Then, having cleared
Some precious inner space,
You’ll be more able
To wait patiently,
In silence.

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You share with us

God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

God will rejoice over you (Isaiah 62:5; NLT).

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

Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; NLT).

Leave that (revenge) to the righteous anger of God (Romans 12:19; NLT).

May God, who gives us his peace, be with you all (Romans 15:33; NLT).

God loves us (Romans 5:5; NLT).

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Lord God,
You choose to share with us
Your deep capacity for joy,

For suffering,
Grief and sorrow,

Righteous anger,
Peace, and love.

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During meditation

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

He led them […] all night by a pillar of fire (Psalm 78:14; NLT).

He […] lavishes unfailing love on those who love him (Deuteronomy 7:9; NLT).

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you (Isaiah 26:3; NLT).

 

Lord,
During meditation
I rejoice in your glorious light,
Gaze 
at your awesome fire,
Receive your unfailing love,
And share in your perfect peace.

 

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Sharing

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NIV).

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

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

 

Lord,
Each day,
I rediscover
The joy
Of sharing
My darkness
Solitude,
Stillness,
And silence
With you.

 

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