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Instead of prayer

You guide me on your way,
Though I can’t touch you.
I simply know you help me 
Every day.

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting
To fold me in your arms, 
Where I will stay.

 

You speak the truth to me, 
Though I can’t hear you.
Instead, I sense your voice
In silent prayer.

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting.
We’ll talk; and I will know 
Your loving care.

 

You are my daily bread,
Though I can’t taste you.
I only know your words 
Are wise and true.   

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting,  
And then, with joy,
I’ll feast my eyes on you.

 

You are my light each day,
Though I can’t see you;
I simply trust
That you are always there.

Beyond my death, Lord Jesus,
You are waiting,
Then I’ll gaze upon your face,
Instead of prayer.

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References

Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe (John 20:29; NIV).

I am the good shepherd (John 10:11; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord (Psalm 27:4; NIV).

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A taste of paradise

At times you give me joy, Lord –
A taste of paradise.

At times you give me suffering –
A taste of sacrifice.

But, good or bad, I thank you,
However life may go,

For when my faith is tested
I have a chance to grow.

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God gives […] joy to those who please him (Ecclesiastes 2:26; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV). 

Fortitude means fixity of purpose, endurance, having the strength to live with what constrains you (Luke 1:38; NKJV).

 When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

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Life beyond my death

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

God will redeem me from the world of the dead; he will surely take me to himself (Psalm 49:15; NIV).

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

 

Lord,
Each meditation
Brings a taste
Of life beyond my death –

A little space
For union with you,
Where one day
I will dwell for evermore.

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Contemplation

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

The God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

O taste and see that the LORD is good (Psalm 34:8; KJV).

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21:4; NLT).


Lord,
Yours is a realm
Of infinite light,
Peace,
And love,
In which, one day,
We will unite
With you forever,
Far beyond the reach
Of death.

May I taste that realm
Today,
With you –
In quiet contemplation.

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