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Discovering the Valley of Vision

Today I bit the bullet and got a copy of The Valley of Vision. Reading the very first selection very nearly undid me. It is such a timely prayer. I spent a good 30 minutes in prayer and contemplation after reading this one. Let me share it with you. I’ve edited it to take out the KJV-style language.

The Valley of Vision
Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
You have brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see you in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold your 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 the deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brigher your stars shine;

Let me find your light in my darkness,
   your life in my death,
   your joy in my sorrow,
   your grace in my sin,
   your riches in my poverty
   your glory in my valley.

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