A Disciple’s Renewal

O MY SAVIOUR,

Help me.

I am so slow to learn,

so prone to forget,

so weak to climb;

I am in the foothills when I should be on the heights;

I am pained by my graceless heart,

my prayerless days,

my poverty of love,

my sloth in the heavenly race,

my sullied conscience,

my wasted hours,

my unspent opportunities.

I am blind while light shines around me:

take the scales from my eyes,

grind to dust the evil heart of unbelief.

Make it my chiefest joy to study thee,

meditate on thee,

gaze on thee,

sit like Mary at thy feet,

lean like John on thy breast,

appeal like Peter to thy love,

count like Paul all things dung.

Give me increase and progress in grace

so that there may be more decision in my character,

more vigour in my purposes,

more elevation in my life,

more fervour in my devotion,

more constancy in my zeal.

As I have a position in the world,

keep me from making the world my position;

May I never seek in the creature

what can be found only in the Creator;

Let not faith cease from seeking thee until it banishes into sight.

Ride forth in me, thou King of kings and Lord of lords,

that I may live victoriously, and in victory attain my end.

~The Valley of Vision, pg. 182

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4 thoughts on “A Disciple’s Renewal

  1. I love the couple of lines near the end: “As I have a position in the world, keep me from making the world my position.” It’s so easy to make my “position” in this world (whether my education, my career, or even my family) my primary “position” in life. Yet I am not of this world. As I Peter says, I am an alien, a sojourner. Oh that I would remember this and walk as someone within but thoroughly foreign to this world.

  2. “I am so slow to learn,
    so prone to forget,
    so weak to climb;
    I am in the foothills when I should be on the heights”

    This reminds me somewhat of “Hinds’ Feet on High Places” which I have almost finished again for at least the third time (love that book).

    Beautiful use of words that make us pause to meditate longer than normal prose.

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