“The Valley of Vision”


“The Valley of Vision”

From The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett.

Often our Lenten journey is compared to a time in the wilderness or walking through the dark valley. Use this “Middle Sabbath” poem today as your path through the valley to God. Take 10 minutes to sit quietly with these words. Ask God to show you your own Lenten vision as you read & reflect.



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.


May your Lenten valley by one of holy Vision …                                                    Pastor Bob