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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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Shatter the windows!

You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons (Isaiah 42:7; NLT).

What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law […] For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either (Matthew 23:13; NLT).

Be still in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NLT).

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

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Shatter the windows!
Smash down the doors!

Do what you need to,
So you can escape

The prison of
Conventional religious faith.

Then, experience
The presence of our God,

In stillness,
And in silence –

For yourself.

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Closing my eyes

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

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

You have brought me into your presence forever (Psalm 41:12; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Lord,
Closing my eyes,
I sink into the darkness
Of your womb.

Closing my eyes,
I sink into the stillness
Of your love.

Closing my eyes,
I sink into the silence
Of your presence.

Closing my eyes,
I sink into the vastness
Of your peace.

Many thanks to Jim Marion’s book “Putting on the mind of Christ” for helping me to put these experiences into words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I wait for you

Wait until the Lord comes (1 Corinthians 4:5; NIV).

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

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him (Psalm 62:5; NLT).

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I wait for you
In stillness, Lord;
I wait for you
In hope.

I wait for you
In silence, Lord;
I wait for you
In love.

I wait for you
In beauty, Lord;
I wait for you
In light.

I wait for you
In life, Lord;
And I wait for you
In death.

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If we seek God

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

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

For God alone my soul waits in silence (Psalm 62:1; ESV).

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

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray (Mark 1:35; NLT).

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

 

If we seek God
We cannot fail to find him,

As long as we look
In helpful ways and places –

In stillness,
And in silence;

In solitude,
And darkness;

In people,
And in nature;

And in contemplation,
Deep within ourselves.

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Rainbow light

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

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

All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day (Ezekiel 1:28; NLT).

The Lord is God, shining upon us (Psalm 118:27; NLT).

 

Lord,
As I sit,
Silent and still,
In your rainbow light,
May I be healed
Of all that drags me down,
And wears me out.

 

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