Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou has 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,
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,
that every good work or thought found in me
thy joy in my sorrow,
thy grace in my sin,
thy riches in my poverty
thy glory in my valley.

Taken from:
Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
Arthur G. Bennett


Posted on March 13, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. “Jesus taught neither passivity nor violence when He taught to turn the other cheek. When slapped on the right cheek of indignity one could either retaliate with violence or passively slink away and take it. Jesus taught his disciples to stand there and turn the cheek of equality, of dignity, of hope, offering a space for possible confession, repentance, transformation, and redemption. Now the oppressor can choose to either hit me on the cheek of equality, which means I suffer yet still win, walk away because he will not see me as an equal, or repent and I can forgive and we can embrace and be reconciled. But the oppressed takes the initiative to transform the situation, this third way of cheek turning, this transforming initiative that flips the script, it is the way of Jesus and it is Spirit empowered, biblically based, and intensely practical. We must rediscover and practice the powerful teachings of Jesus.”

    Above quote by Paul Alexander, March 13, 2010. Theology in the Service of Peace and Justice

  2. another insightful plea for direction:

    “Shall I abandon, O King of mysteries, the soft comforts of home?
    Shall I turn my back on my native land, and turn my face towards the sea?
    Shall I put myself wholly at your mercy, without silver, without a horse, without fame, without honour?
    Shall I throw myself wholly upon You, without sword and shield, without food and drink, without a bed to lie on?
    Shall I say farewell to my beautiful land, placing myself under Your yoke?
    Shall I pour out my heart to You, confessing my manifold sins and begging forgiveness, tears streaming down my cheeks?
    Shall I leave the prints of my knees on the sandy beach, a record of my final prayer in my native land?
    Shall I then suffer every kind of wound that the sea can inflict?
    Shall I take my tiny boat across the wide sparkling ocean?
    O King of the Glorious Heaven, shall I go of my own choice upon the sea?
    O Christ, will You help me on the wild waves?”
    -St. Brendan

  3. Sweet new look dennisup.

    Vally of Vision, says it all.

    How beautiful the words written here.

    What an amazing thought, to bear the cross is to wear the crown.
    To give is to receive.

    Using this premise: To heal is to be healed.
    To love is to be loved, to forgive is to be forgiven.

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