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Come, darkness

 

Come, darkness,  
Close my weary eyes,
For I have said  
My last goodbyes. 

Come, solitude,
And soothe my fear;    
Remind me that
The Lord is near.

Come, stillness,
As my struggles cease,  
And bring me to                     
Eternal peace.

Come, silence,      
After my last breath;
Unite me with the Lord
In death.

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

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbour (Psalm 107:30; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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The God who dwells within

Solitude will lead us
To the God who dwells within. 

Stillness helps us to approach 
The God who dwells within.          

Silence draws us closer
To the God who dwells within.

Darkness then unites us 
With the God who dwells within.

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).

Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

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

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

Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NLY).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

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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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I’m content

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

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

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

Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day (2 Corinthians 4:16; NLT).

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Father, I’m content with silence;
Father, I’m content with sound.

Father, I’m content with darkness;
Father, I’m content with light.

Father, I’m content with stillness;
Father, I’m content with work.

Father, I’m content with dying,
Father, I’m content with life.

 

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Dancing for joy

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

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

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

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

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I don’t want to spend my time
In contemplation
Picturing the past
And what might come;

Instead, I want to spend the time
In stillness,
Waiting patiently for you,
For we are one.

I don’t want to spend my time
In contemplation
Reflecting on the past
And what might come;

Instead, I want to spend my time
In silence,
Listening for your voice,
For we are one.

I don’t want to spend my time
In contemplation,
Fretting about the past
And what might come;

Instead, I want to spend it
In the present,
Dwelling in your love,
For we are one.

I don’t want to spend my time
In contemplation
Brooding on the past
And what might come;

Instead, I want to spend it
In your arms, Lord,
Dancing for joy with you,
For we are one.

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Out of our stillness

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

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

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

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Out of our stillness
Comes movement.

Out of our silence
Comes truth.

Out of our wasteland
Comes wisdom.

Out of our darkness
Comes light.

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Help me to seek you

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

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

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

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

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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Lord,

Help me to seek you
In solitude,

Search for you
In darkness,

Wait for you
In stillness,

And listen for your voice
In silence,

So I may find you –
Deep within my soul.

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