WOW! A friend shared a book with me at the baby shower on Saturday and I opened it up this morning. After the healing rain yesterday, the windows just begged to be opened. I've been folding laundry this morning too and the combination of smells just drew me to that sunny spot on my bed. This is how the book opens:
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 the 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 the 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,
they glory in my valley.
-from "The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
I have been so blessed by this and I wanted to share it with you. I imagine that many of you are familiar with the author -Nancy Leigh DeMoss, but this is the first time I have read any of her writings. May you be blessed as well.