Thursday, October 13, 2011

Puritan Prayers 01

On Sunday, we adapted a couple of puritan prayers from The Valley of Vision to use during our services. You may want to check out the book as a means of enhancing your prayers toward God. They are very deep, thoughtful meditations on the unworthiness of humans and the greatness of God and His grace. Below is one we used on Sunday, and I'll post the other one soon.

THE VALLEY OF VISION

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
You have brought us to the valley of vision,
where we live in the depths but see You in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin we behold your glory.

Let us 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 your stars shine;
let us find your light in our darkness,
your life in our death,
your joy in our sorrow,
your grace in our sin,
your riches in our poverty,
your glory in our valley.

God of all grace, our eyes are fixed on you.
Lift us up through your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

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