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Our wasteland

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35; NLT).

Each one will be like […] streams of water in the desert (Isaiah 32:2; NLT).

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

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Out of our wasteland
Comes worship.

Out of our famine
Comes food.

Out of our desert
Comes water.

Out of our solitude,
Love.

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Agoraphobia diary: 6.30am on day 4

Greetings to you all. This is the fourth day of my agoraphobia challenge, and it’s amazing what foolish things my mind can attach my anxiety to. As the time with my family draws to a close, I’m still ruminating about how to manage my luggage. Before I arrived in Ely I sent a bag of clothes ahead so as not to have a heavy, unmanageable suitcase. So by the time I leave Ely on Tuesday for the next leg of my journey, I need to change into clean clothes, then ask my son to wash the dirty dirty ones, parcel them up, and send them back. This seems like an appalling thing to ask of anyone, so I’ve been worrying about it for days. You might say it’s not really part of being agoraphobic, but in fact it’s all part of not wanting to be any trouble, not attracting any attention to myself, and, above all, not wanting to presume on others in case they reject me. All these things were big no-no’s during my childhood, and I still struggle hard with them. I guess that partly explains why I never developed the confidence to cope with life.

Anyway, the plan for the morning (worked out over a very good dinner at Pizza Express), is to meet in a coffee shop, then go round Ely Cathedral. It might make you smile to hear that though I’ve visited Ely Cathedral  quite a  number of times, and love it dearly, I’ve only once, many years ago, gone past the barrier where people pay to enter. Normally, I confine myself to the free side-chapel for private prayer, and the excellent shop. Spending money to go round the whole building just seems too extravagant, and I’ve never overcome this. Hopefully, with encouragement, I’ll do better today!

After all that tangled thinking, here is today’s prayer, which is perhaps rather suitable for reflecting on whilst visiting one of the most magnificent, beautiful and richly-decorated buildings in the world…

 

We are one

I praise you! (Psalm 63:3; NLT).

You alone are the one we worship (Isaiah 26:134; NLT).

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

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

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It makes no sense
To say, “I praise you, Lord,”
For we are one.

It makes no sense
To say, “I worship you”,
For we are one.

It makes no sense
To say, “I love you, Lord”,
For we are one.

Yet still I say
These things to you each day –
For we are one.

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Silent awe

The whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:3; NIV).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe (Psalm 5:7; NLT).

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

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Lord,

When I am deep
In contemplation,

My inner darkness
Opens, to reveal

Your glory, in all things,
Including me.

Then I worship you,
My God,

In silent awe.

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I don’t just want to pray

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically (Romans 12:11; NLT).

Praise God (Psalm 68:26; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

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Lord God,

I don’t just want to pray –
I want my life to be
Continual prayer.

I don’t just want to serve –
I want my life to be
Continual service.

I don’t just want to praise –
I want my life to be
Continual worship.

I don’t just want to care –
I want my life to be
Continual love.

 

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Silent worship

I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words (2 Corinthians 12:4; NLT).

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

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendour (1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).

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When our words
Are inadequate
To praise you, Lord,
Silent worship
Is the only way ahead.

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I seek you out

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

Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy (Psalm 100:2; NLT).

Break out in praise and sing for joy! (Psalm 98:4; 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).

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I seek you out
Till my heart breaks with sadness,

And worship you
Until it bursts with joy.

I praise your name
Till my heart fills with wonder,

And love you, Lord,
Until it overflows.

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Delight in giving

The Lord will […] delight in being good to you (Deuteronomy 30:9; NLT).

Great is the Lord, who delights in blessing his servant with peace! (Psalm 35:27; NLT).

Moses made haste to bow his head toward the earth, and worshipped (Exodus 34:8; RSV).

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

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Lord,
When I glimpse
The depths of your delight
In giving,
I can only bow my head
In silent worship.

 

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