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Valley of the 10 PeaksA Puritan 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,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin,
Thy riches in my poverty
Thy glory in my valley.


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5 thoughts on “The Valley of Vision”

  1. paul says:

    Justin, this may be something you want to blog about. You probably already know about it but just thought I’d help spread the word: http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/site/TR?px=1247202&fr_id=1440&pg=personal

  2. That’s the best prayer of them all. Thanks.
    Jeff

  3. Ciera says:

    That is a great prayer. The Christian life is indeed a paradox in so many ways.

  4. sarah says:

    LOVE that book and especially that particular prayer. actually, my husband and i read that prayer during a prayer time in the ceremony of our wedding.

    i use that book almost daily during my prayer/bible time.

    [also… not to be nit-picky at all, but i just wanted to point out that that particular prayer was actually written by the editor of the book, arthur bennett, which you would only know if you are a nerd like me and read the very last page of the book :) ]

  5. Dana says:

    Sovereign Grace has made this a song.
    http://tinyurl.com/ycg8wtf

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