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You are a light

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

She […] laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7; NLT).

After the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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Lord,

You are a light,
A dove in flight,
A crown of gold;

A squalid byre,
A tongue of fire,
A love untold;

A still, small voice,
A daily choice,
A healing breath;

A cry of pain,
A Saviour slain,
A bitter death.

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No closer

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

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).

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

After the fire [there was] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

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

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We are no closer to you, Lord, in contemplation,
Than we are at any other time,

For you are always here,
Within us all.

Rather, we can be more aware of your presence
During contemplation,

When we leave our busy, noisy world behind,
So we can listen for your still, small voice

In silence.

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Equality of voice

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

Native-born Israelites and foreigners are equal before the Lord (Numbers 15:15; NLT).

All of you are equal as brothers and sisters (Matthew 23:8; NLT).

[Your wife] is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life (1 Peter 3:7; NLT).

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Equality of voice
Is so important, Lord,
Please help us
Work towards it
With a will.

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Open my eyes

Open my eyes (Psalm 119:18; NLT).

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

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Lord,

Open my eyes,
So I may see your beauty;

Open my ears,
So I may hear your voice.

Open my mind,
So I may grasp your message;

Open my mouth,
So I may sing your praise.

Open my wounds,
So I may share your passion;

Open my hands,
So I may sow your peace.

Open my heart,
So I may know your presence;

Open my soul,
So I may spread your love.

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Still, small voice

After the earthquake there was a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

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

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Lord, thank you
For your still, small voice
In silent prayer –

For how else could I hear
The thoughts
I constantly suppress?

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Don’t expect voices

Wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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

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

Wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NKJV).

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Don’t expect voices,
Don’t expect tears,

Don’t expect visions,
Although God is near.

Just wait in the silence,
Wait, and be still,

Wait on our Father,
For this is his will.

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Still and small

After the earthquake there was a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

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



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Lord God,

Your voice within
Is still and small,

So we need silent prayer
In which to hear you.

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