What's in a Name?

Ecstasy (n)- 2. Excessive joy; rapture; a degree of delight that arrests the whole mind; joy may rise to ecstasy. (Websters 1828 Dictionary)
Doldrums (n)- A sate of inactivity or stagnation.(Dictionary.com)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Valley of Vision

While reading Brokenness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, I came across this wonderful puritan prayer and I thought I would share it:

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,
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.

~ from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions


Carolj said...

I needed that today. Thanks for posting it! :)

Amanda said...

I'm glad that you were encouraged by this post, Carol. I read it this morning and I thought it was what I should pray everday (not literally, but to the effect). I hope future posts will bless you as well! : )

Laura said...

I heard an advertisement for "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" at Kings Bridge Theater on the radio today, and I thought of you :).