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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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I heard the voice of God

I heard the voice of God announce:
Tell the people they are blind
If they do not see my body 
In the earth, and in mankind. 

I heard the voice of God declare:
Tell the people they are deaf
If they do not hear my anguish
In the cries of the bereft.

I heard the voice of God proclaim:
Tell the people they are lame
If they do not walk with me,
Nor venerate my holy name.

I heard the voice of God insist:
Tell the people they are dumb
If they do not spread the Gospel
Brought from heaven by my Son.  

I heard the voice of God exclaim:
Tell them all they live in vain
If they do not know my presence
In their own, and other’s, pain. 

 

Reference

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy (Isaiah 35:5-6; RSV).

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Only one Father

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him (Isaiah 11:1-2; NKJV).

 

There is only one Father,  
And only one voice;

Only one Saviour,
And only one choice.

There is only one body, 
And only one blood;

Only one Spirit,
And only one love. 

There is only one mindset,
And only one soul;

Only one lifetime,
And only one goal. 

There is only one pathway,
And only one Rod –

For we are all one 
With each other, and God.

 

References 

There is only one God (Mark 12:32; NLT).

There is one body and one Spirit (Ephesians 4;6; NLT).

Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me (John 14:6; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other (Romans 12:5; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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The perfect choice

 

Father,
I have heard your call.

Father,
May I give my all.

Father,
I have heard your voice.

You, Lord, are
The perfect choice.

 

References

He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you (Deuteronomy 4:36; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42; NIV).

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Silence falls

 

Then silence falls
As we draw near

To see your face,
So bright, so dear,

And hear your voice,
So still, so small,  

And grasp how much 
You love us all. 

 

References

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

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

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

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

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

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:18; NLT).

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You shine

 

You shine with a light 
No human eye can bear.

You speak with a voice
No human ear can hear.

You love with a depth
No human heart can share.  

You are the God
All human souls should fear. 

 

References

He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will (1 Timothy 6:16; NLT).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear (Luke 12:5; NLT).

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Inner truth

 

Our prayers should voice 
Our inner truth,

But we are   
Deeply flawed,

And though we often
Fool ourselves,

You see our hearts,
Dear Lord.

 

References

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me […] You perceive my thoughts from afar […] You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

If we claim to have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth (1 John 1:8; NLT).

People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

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