Valley of Vision: “The Infinite and the Finite”

valleyofvisionI love, love, love this little book! It is titled, “The Valley of Vision“. I had become familiar with it in snippets throughout the internet, and then noticed that Nancy Leigh DeMoss was posting portions in her Facebook posts. I expressed gratitude for one particular quotation, saying that I’d love to get a copy of the whole volume some day.

valley2Nancy sent me a private message, asking for my address, so she could send me one!  I was amazed! She’s a very busy, very prominent lady…and still, she cared for this little SAHM/pastor’s wife from the “middle of nowhere” in Wyoming. Precious.

Here is what I read this morning.

Thou great I Am,

Fill my mind with elevation and grandeur at the thought of a Being

with whom one day is as a thousand years,

and a thousand years as one day,

A mighty God, who, amidst the lapse of worlds,

and the revolutions of empires,

feels no variableness,

but is glorious in immortality.

May I rejoice that, while men die, the Lord lives;

that, while all creatures are broken reeds,

empty cisterns,

fading flowers,

withering grass,

he is the Rock of Ages, the Fountain

of living waters.

Turn my heart from vanity,

from dissatisfactions,

from uncertainties of the present state,

to an eternal interest in Christ.

Let me remember that life is short and

unforeseen,

and is only an opportunity for usefulness;

Give me a holy avarice to redeem the time,

to awake at every call to charity and piety,

so that I may feed the hungry,

clothe the naked,

instruct the ignorant,

reclaim the vicious,

forgive the offender,

diffuse the gospel,

show neighbourly love to all.

Let me live a life of self-distrust,

dependence on thyself,

mortification,

crucifixion,

prayer.

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