Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,

Patient silence

When you pray, don’t babble on as people of other religions do (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NIV). 

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

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Lord,

Forgive us
When we pray

Without listening
For your voice,

And help us
To wait for you

In patient
Silence.

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God is waiting

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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

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God is waiting
In your wastelands;

God is waiting 
In your fear;

God is waiting 
In your darkness –

Come to him
In silent prayer.

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In contemplation

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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Lord,

In contemplation,
I don’t even need

To let my thoughts
And feelings go.

I simply let them be
Just as they are,

Whilst I look on,
With you beside me,

Watching and waiting
Till they fade away,

And only you
And I remain

As one.

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Panic

Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking (Psalm 55:5; NLT).

Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud (Job 30:15; NIV).

My heart pounds and leaps from its place (Job 37:1; NIV).

Be brave and courageous (Psalm 27:14; NLT).

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NLT).

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Panic is what happens
When my fears are in control,
And they think that it will help
To run away;

But when I run, I take my panic
With me,
And escaping makes it stronger
Every day.

Better by far
To face my panic boldly,
Better by far
To put my trust in you;

Better by far
To wait for it to pass, Lord,
Then continue on my way,
As others do.

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However busy

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NLT).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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Lord God,
However busy life may be,

Please help me
To make time for you each day –

To wait for you,
And listen for your voice,

While resting in your presence
For a while.

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Darkness

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

Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NLY).

He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness (Daniel 2:22; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

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Father,
During silent contemplation,

I came upon
A partly-opened door.

Holding it, I peered inside
With interest,

But all was dark,
And I dared not explore.

I knew I had a choice:
To leave, or enter,

So I waited there,
Deciding what to do.

Lord, give me courage
To investigate my darkness,

Then I will face it bravely,
And find you.

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