prayer from The Valley of Vision

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.

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2 thoughts on “prayer from The Valley of Vision

  1. Bill Dandreano says:

    No one would ever say that Jesus failed to live the abundant life. No one would ever say that Jesus failed to be filled with joy and peace, love and hope. No one would ever say that Jesus didn’t love the world because He saw the Father loving the world. No one would ever say that Jesus died a failure and an under achiever. However….

    Jesus watched the ones He came to save falsely accuse Him. Isaiah tells us that Jesus was acquainted with grief and sorrow. Jesus watched the rich young ruler walk away from Him and never does Jesus yell to Him and tell Him to stop walking away. Jesus died in the presence of only a few who loved Him and He died at the hands of all the ones He loved.

    What amazes me, and it is seen in a prayer like the one just given that what we call failure, the Kingdom deems a success. When down is up and left is right, as it is in the Kingdom of God compared to the Kingdom of man, what we see as disaster the Kingdom sees as recovery. The success of Jesus is in His words from the cross, “Father forgive them…” For once, it’s not the “forgive them” part that moves us, but the “Father” part. After all the “failure” Jesus went through; the rejection, pain, torture, loss, abandonment, unfaithfulness and the breaking of His loving heart; Jesus can still call Him Father….and still call Him. If we find ourselves in “the well,” “the valley,” “the darkness,” or the despair of life, we can still call Him and still call Him Father. Good times!

    Bill

  2. Lisa Megna says:

    PERSPECTIVE. AWARENESS. CHALLENGE. COMFORT. PERSEVERANCE. KINGDOM THINKING. KINGDOM AWARENESS. KNOWING WHO WE ARE & WHO WE ARE NOT. These are the concepts & notions that this wonderful prayer brings to me. And being in the valley, being in the well, the darkness, and for a while living in the depths, I am finally starting to realize that so many times my first thought has been MY thought, not the MIND OF CHRIST, not the perspective of my KING.
    As the Truth song says,
    “What if we’ve fallen to the bottom of a well
    Thinking we’ve risen to the top of a mountain
    What if we’re knocking at the gates of hell
    Thinking we’re heaven bound
    What if we spend our lives thinking of ourselves
    When we should have been thinking of each other
    What if we reach up and touch the ground
    To find we’re living life upside down.”

    I want so desperately to see with KINGDOM EYES, to hear with KINGDOM ears, to SPEAK with Kingdom words, to think, act, to BE a resident of the KINGDOM that no matter what happens, in the ‘valley of vision’, I will behold His Glory, learn by paradox, and live by/in/through/with the purest, revolutionizing, most amazing power that exists- LOVE. the LOVE that comes from God and IS GOD.
    “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” Perhaps that’s why not long after, we are told to “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”. Lead me deeper still O God!

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