I will not attempt to replicate the prayers and meditations in “The Valley of Vision” in their entirety. Rather, I will take a few lines from them in each chapter, using the chapter titles created by Arthur Bennett. These lines will, for the most part, serve as posts on this blog as we wind our way through the richness of Puritan thought and language.
“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.
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“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.”