As I’m feeling rather guilty for not posting within the last couple weeks, but don’t have time to create a “real” post, I decided to share another prayer from The Valley of Vision with you all.  If you don’t have The Valley of Vision, I recommend that you get it soon.  It should be one of the top ten volumes in every Christian’s library, right up there with Pilgrim’s Progress and Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.  Thanks Dad and Mom Mallery for our copy, given to us last Thanksgiving!  We read it at each time of family worship and many times in between.

This is the prayer we read this morning:

HEAVENLY FATHER,

Thou hast led me singing to the cross where I fling down all my burdens and see them vanish, where my mountains of guilt are levelled to a plain, where my sins disappear, though they are the greatest that exist, and are more in number than the grains of fine sand;

For there is power in the blood of Calvary to destroy sins more than can be counted even by one from the choir of heaven.

Thou hast given me a hill-side spring that washes clear and white, and I go as a sinner to its waters, bathing without hindrance in its crystal streams.

At the cross there is free forgiveness for poor and meek ones, and ample blessings that last for ever;

The blood of the Lamb is like a great river of infinite grace with never any diminishing of its fullness as thirsty ones without number drink of it.

O Lord, for ever will thy free forgiveness live that was gained on the mount of blood;

In the midst of a world of pain it is a subject for praise in every place, a song on earth, and anthem in heaven, its love and virtue knowing no end.

I have a longing for the world above where multitudes sing the great song, for my soul was never created to love the dust of earth.

Though here my spiritual state is frail and poor, I shall go on singing Calvary’s anthem.

May I always know that a clean heart full of goodness is more beautiful than the lily, that only a clean heart can sing by night and by day, that such a heart is mine when I abide in Calvary.

-from The Valley of Vision

I love the beauty of the Puritan writings.  These people labored for the right words to express the deep emotions they experienced as they fought to learn more of the character and ways of God and implement these things in their day-to-day lives.

I could continue with my thoughts, but I really must go; my little girl needs me!  Who are some of your favorite Puritan authors, and what are your favorite volumes? 

-JESSICA 

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