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Silence

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in silence,  
May we hear the whisper 
Of your voice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in private,
May we know your presence,
And rejoice. 

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in stillness,
May we find your peace of mind
And love.

When we’re afraid 
To face ourselves in darkness,
May we sense the advent
Of your dove.

 

References

After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT). 

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave you are there (Psalm 139:7-8; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NLT). 

The Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,”  and there was light (Genesis 1:2-3; NLT).

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Contemplation

Father, 
When I come to you in silence 
My body can’t be left outside the door;
So I share my pain and sickness with you,
Then I find they trouble me no more. 

Father,
When I search for you in stillness  
Endless thoughts and fantasies hold sway;
So I share my vague distractions with you, 
Then I find they slowly drift away.

Father, 
When I seek you out in private 
Painful feelings can’t be pushed aside; 
So I share my rage and sorrow with you,
Then I find they quietly subside. 

Father,
When I wait for you in darkness 
Terror sometimes shakes me to the core; 
But I share my fear and anguish with you,
Then I let them go, Lord, and adore. 

 

References

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

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

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

Wait for the Lord (Psalm 37:34; NIV).

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).

We adore you as the one who is over all things (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

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Contemplation

 

The stillness we avoid
Is full of movement.

The darkness we eschew 
Is full of light.

The silence we evade
Is full of music.

The solitude we shun
Is full of you.

 

References 

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

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

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

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16; NIV).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it (Genesis 28:16; NIV).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

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Spend time alone

Spend time alone
To seek God’s holy presence;

Be silent   
As you listen for his voice.  

With eyes closed
You may see his dazzling glory;

And in stillness
You may join his sacred dance. 

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References

He [Jesus] left in a boat to a remote area to be alone (Matthew 14:13; NLT).

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

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

 Golden splendour comes from the mountain of God. He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

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

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Love and consolation

Lord,

May I still 
My busy mind,

Creating time and space
For contemplation.

Then I will hear 
Your quiet voice,

Expressing all your love 
And consolation.

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References

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

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

After the fire there was the sound of  gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

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

I will turn their mourning into joy, give them consolation, and bring happiness out of grief (Jeremiah 31:1; CSB).

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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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