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Closing my eyes

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

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

You have brought me into your presence forever (Psalm 41:12; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Lord,
Closing my eyes,
I sink into the darkness
Of your womb.

Closing my eyes,
I sink into the stillness
Of your love.

Closing my eyes,
I sink into the silence
Of your presence.

Closing my eyes,
I sink into the vastness
Of your peace.

Many thanks to Jim Marion’s book “Putting on the mind of Christ” for helping me to put these experiences into words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breast and womb

Before you gave birth to the earth […] you are God (Psalm 90:2; NLT).

God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you (Isaiah 66:13; NIV).

The Almighty […] blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and womb (Genesis 49:25; NIV).

 

Lord,
Thank you
For sharing with us
All the blessings
And the suffering
Of breast
And womb.

 

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May I hide

Hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8; NLT).

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

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you (Isaiah 66:13; NIV).

Before you gave birth to the earth […] you are God (Psalm 90:2; NLT).

 

Lord,
May I hide
For a while
In the shadow
Of your wings.

May I rest
For a while
In the shelter
Of your arms.

May I sleep
For a while
In the comfort
Of your womb.

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Hide and seek

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

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

Let my words fall like rain on tender grass (Deuteronomy 32:2; NLT).

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

All your waves and breakers have swept over me (Psalm 42:7; NIV).

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

Now you comfort me (Isaiah 12:1; NLT).

Before you gave birth to the earth […] you are God (Psalm 90:2; NLT).

 

Lord,
Looking for you
Is like playing
Hide and seek
In darkness,

Or leaping
Into a raging fire,
Or dancing
In gentle rain.

It’s like being dazzled
By the sun,
Or overwhelmed
By waves of love,

Or soothed
By the peace
And comfort
Of your womb.

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Life

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NIV).

Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

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

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

 

Lord,
You knew me
Long before you formed me
In my mother’s womb.

You wanted me
To have this life
So I could grow –
In faith, and hope,
And love.

Help me to face my trials
Courageously,
Remembering that
All things work together
For the best,
When we love you.

Amen.

 

 

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