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Neither black nor white

He is not human (numbers 23:19; NLT).

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our own image, to be like us” (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

No one has ever seen God (John 1:18; NLT).

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

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Lord God,

You’re neither black nor white,
Nor male, nor female,

In fact, you are not human, Lord,
At all;

And though you make us mortals
In your image,

It’s clear that in some ways
We’re not like you.

You don’t belong
To any known religion,

And none of us
Has ever seen your face;

We only know you’re light,
And peace, and fire;

We only know that you are love,
And grace.

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My eyes are closed

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

His clothes became dazzling white (Luke 9:29; NLT).

This is my blood […] It is poured out as a sacrifice for many (Mark 14:24; NLT).

The radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them (Luke 2:9; NLT).

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My eyes are closed –
You’re here
In deepest darkness.

My eyes are closed –
You’re here
In dazzling white.

My eyes are closed –
You’re here
In blood-red passion.

My eyes are closed –
You’re here
In golden light.

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In darkness

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

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

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


Doesn’t your fear of him overwhelm you? (Job 13:11; NLT).

 

First black,
Then white,
In dazzling, golden light,
I see you, Lord,
Grow ever brighter,

Till I hide,
And wait for you
To pass me by,
In love and awe
With eyes shut tight.

Then, overwhelmed,
I start to write,
As you leave me
In darkness,
Once again.

 

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We are one

There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

…whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17).


Lord,
There’s neither us,
Nor them
For we are one.

There’s neither black,
Nor white
For we are one.

There’s neither he,
Nor she
For we are one.

And there’s neither me,
Nor you –
For we are one.

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“Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home” (Matthew 8:8; NLT).

I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant (Genesis 32:10; NLT).

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7; NIV).

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

God is spirit (John 4:24; NIV).


Father,
I love you so much,
But I’m not fit
To approach you.

Please forgive and cleanse me,
So I may draw nearer to you
Each day,

Till death
Unites my soul
With yours once more.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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