Monday, October 15, 2012

Valley of Vision: In Christ

"How great are my privileges in Christ Jesus!

Without him I stand far off, a stranger, an outcast;
in him I draw near and touch his kingly sceptre.

Without him I dare not lift up my guilty eyes;
in him I gaze upon my my Father-God and Friend.

Without him I hide my lips in trembling shame;
in him I open my mouth in petition and praise.

Without him all is wrath and consuming fire;
in him is all love, and the repose of my soul.

Without him is gaping hell below me, and eternal anguish;
in him its gates are barred to me by his precious blood.

Without him darkness spreads its horrors in front;
in him an eternity of glory is my boundless horizon.

Without him all things call for my condemnation;
in him they minister to my comfort, and are to be enjoyed for my thanksgiving.

Praise be to thee for grace, and for the unspeakable gift of Jesus."

From Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

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