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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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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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