The Valley of Vision: Retrospect and Prospect

As one year ends, and another begins, I was reminded once again of what Christ has done for me in my past, and what I believe He will accomplish in my future. This prayer from The Valley of Vision expresses the thoughts of my heart better than I could ever articulate. (I love the Puritans!)

SUPREME RULER OF THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WORLDS,

My heart is drawn out to Thee
for Thy amazing grace and condescension.

Thou hast kept my conversion fresh before me,
that season of my first spiritual comfort
when I passed through the Red Sea
by a way I did not expect.

I rejoiced then for that unthought-of passage,
that delivered me from the fear of the Egyptian
when I had almost despaired of life.

I rejoice now as these things are fresh and lively
in my mind.

My soul melts when I think of Thy days of old with me,
when a poor worthless creature
without wisdom to direct or strength
to help myself
was laid under the happy necessity
of living upon Thee and finding Thy
consolations large.

Thou art my divine treasury in whom
all fullness dwells,
my life, hope, joy, peace, glory, end;

May I be daily more and more conformed to Thee,
with the meekness and calmness of the Lamb
in my soul,
and a feeling sense of the felicity of heaven,
where I long to join angels free from imperfections,
where in me the image of my adored Saviour
will be completely restored,
so that I may be fit for his enjoyments
and employments.

I am not afraid to look the king of terrors in the face,
for I know I shall be drawn, not driven,
out of the world.

Until then let me continually glow and burn out
for Thee,
and when the last great change shall come
let me awake in Thy likeness,
leaving behind me an example that will glorify Thee
while my spirit rejoices in heaven,
and my memory is blessed upon earth,
with those who follow me praising Thee
for my life.

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