Saturday, April 09, 2011

Valley of Vision

Tonight it was good to be reminded of this old-time prayer, still and ever relevant:

"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."

Let me learn by paradox...this has been my "Lenten journey" this year. It's been a difficult season and full of bombarding thoughts. It seems my mind is full and overflowing and I am constantly challenged to know how to take these thoughts captive to Him--how to trust the trustworthy One; how to believe that the valley is, in fact, the place of vision; how to learn by paradox...

What has been your Lenten journey?

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