Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Valley of Vision

(Some of the most meaningful and powerful prayers I have ever read or prayed have been ones written by the Puritans.  I thought I'd share some of these prayers each Sunday morning for a while.  I'm hoping to create a piece of art to go with each prayer, but we'll see how that goes!  Most of these written prayers are found in the book "The Valley of Vision", which I highly recommend.)

The Valley of Vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
 Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, 
where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights; 
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory. 

Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up,
 that to be low is to be high,
 that the broken heart is the healed heart, 
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, 
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, 
that to have nothing is to possess all, 
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, 
that to give is to receive,
 that the valley is the place of vision.

 Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, 
and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine; 
let me find Thy light in my darkness, 
Thy life in my death, 
Thy joy in my sorrow,
 Thy grace in my sin, 
Thy riches in my poverty, 

Thy glory in my valley.


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