Painting "Glory" by Nancy Goddenow
Painting “Glory” by Nancy Goodenow

 

Let’s kick this year off with clearer sight than we’ve known. Isaiah “saw the Lord” while he was mourning the death of a very good king.1

Just so, I believe the dying of our own kingdoms and areas of self-monarchy is a definite must to gain a more beatific vision of our High, Holy, and very, very good King.

What say this time next year we revisit this and share the stories of glories our eyes beheld?

Deal?

Let it begin here:


THE VALLEY OF VISION 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.

– from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers


Isaiah 6:1

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