Habakkuk 2:20 (NIV)
The Lord is in his holy temple;
let all the earth be silent before him.
Holy and Infinite God,
You are so much beyond my knowing!
Each time I try to name or define you,
I limit you to my own understanding.
Job 11:7-9 (NIV)
Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do?
They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?
Their measure is longer than the earth
and wider than the sea.
Help me to stop looking for clarity
when I need to be comfortable in the unknowing.
Help me to quit trying to make sense of the divine mysteries of life
but to embrace them for the beautiful gifts they are.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
For we live by faith, not by sight.
I trust that you continually see me
even in those times when I cannot see you;
for I know that you see me
even when I cannot fully see myself.
1 Corinthians 13:12 12 (NIV)
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Your presence envelops me so gently
that I do not sense the weight of you.
Yet I know I am held in your embrace,
for my skin glistens from your loving caress.
Exodus 33:14 (NIV)
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
May I have the awareness to notice your gifts before me,
the discernment to glean their deeper meanings,
and the patience to wait for your revelations-
in your way, in your time.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—
his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Help me to stop sorting
and placing the pieces of my life
into a sensible vision of my own creation,
a scene that is lovely only for me.
Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
…your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
All of life is a holy mystery,
a divine journey through the mists and the fogs.
Only you can see the final destination,
and so I will follow your lead. Amen.
Psalm 16:5, 8-11 (NIV)
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Photos by Karen, taken at Swan Creek Metropark, Toledo, Ohio