Thursday, December 04, 2008

Oh If Only I Could Find Words Like These

So often I find myself wishing for words to express what's in my heart.  I'm just not gifted with words, mine struggle to be able to adequately express what's in my heart.
While our son Chad was in seminary he told me one day that he had found a book that he thought I would enjoy and he bought it for me.  I love it and of course it's extra special because he gave it for me.  I's The Valley of Vision, a book of prayers written by the Puritans.  This morning as I was reading and praising the Lord through one of the prayers, this Puritan's words so expressed my heart this holiday season so I thought I would share a portion with you.

"What didst thou see in me?
that I a poor, diseased, despised sinner
should be clothed in thy bright glory?
that a creeping worm
should be advanced to this high state?
that one lately groaning, weeping, dying,
should be as full of joy as my heart can hold?
that a being of dust and darkness 
should be taken like Mordecai from captivity,
and set next to the king?
and should be lifted like Daniel from a den
and be made ruler of princes and provinces?
Who can fathom immeasurable love?


Laurie M. said...

Thank God for folks who can put our hearts to words for us. I don't have a bit of poetry in me, but thank God for those who do. Those prayers in that book have reflected my own heart time after time. It helps me know I'm really Christ's, to know that my heart cries the same tears as believers from long ago.

Lynn Cross said...

I echo what Laurie has said. That poem goes right along with what I wrote today about sin. I miss you. Lynn