Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

Darkness

The darkness we avoid
Is full of light, Lord.

The desert we reject
Is full of dew.

The suffering we fear
Is full of peace, Lord.

The wilderness we dread 
Is full of you.

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The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).

Your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew (Psalm 110:3; NLT).

In me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world (John 16:33; CSB).

The pastures of the wilderness are again green with grass (Joel 2:22; NET).

He left in a boat to a remote are to be alone (Matthew 14:13; NLT).

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

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Worship in the dark

Seek God
In your wilderness;

Bless him
In your fear. 

Thank him
In your suffering;

Praise him, 
He is near.

Find God 
In your desert;

Love him
In your heart.

Serve him
In your ruins;

Worship
In the dark.

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Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

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

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart (Luke 10:27; NLT).

I am like an eagle owl, like little owl among the ruins (Psalm 102:6; CSB).

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

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All we need

When we’re in deep distress, Lord,
Your peace is all we need.

When we are lost in darkness
Your light is all we need.

When our faith has grown cold, Lord,
Your fire is all we need.

When we’ve strayed far from wisdom
Your truth is all we need.

When we feel we’re forsaken, Lord,
Your love is all we need.

When we are in the wilderness
Your way is all we need.

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The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

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

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

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

I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).

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Emptiness

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

The Lord is near (Philippians 4:5; NIV).

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Lord,
You’re in my emptiness,
My wilderness,
My night;

Lord,
You’re in my suffering,
My loneliness,
My plight;

Lord,
You’re in my tiredness,
My misery,
My fear –

So,
No matter how hard
Life may be,
I know you’re always near.

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When I come back

“My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts” (Jeremiah 3:22; NLT).

So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

 

Lord,
You always
Welcome me,
When I come back
To you –

Whether my mind
Has been wandering
For ten seconds
During meditation;
Or for ten years,
In the wilderness
Of lost faith –

You always
Welcome me,
When I come back
To you.

 

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Exploring

The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever (Psalm 121:8; NLT).

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders” (Luke 15:4-5; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you for keeping watch over us,
As we explore our world.

When we wander off, so far
That we can’t hear your voice
Calling us home,
Please come to meet us
In the wilderness,
And bring us back to safety,
In your arms.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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