Wednesday, August 05, 2020


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 Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Words: Dallan Forgail (8th Century)

What do the words of this 8th Century hymn writer Dallan Forgail remind us as we face earthquakes, bombings, explosions, floods and many other personal crises today? It reminds us the Lord must be our vision within each crisis. What Glorifies Him on our lips, our actions, our response, all in alignment with what He is doing within the turmoil. Our thoughts must be captive to Him whether during the day or night. You may ask yourself how do I remain captive in the midst of sleeping? This is where our decisions before we lay our head down to sleep matter. Whom are we dwelling upon, relying upon, and trusting whether we awake to a new day or in the presence of the Lord, either way we will walk in His light!

What is that trust based upon, according to the hymn lyrics? It is based upon trusting God’s perfect plan for our lives and trusting in His Word. As believers in Christ we are able to be partakers of the Son of God incarnate. He dwells in us and we in Him

He is our protector, our defender, and the one whom is worthy of laying down our very lives. Without Him living in us we have no dignity, nor worth, and we are helpless. But with Him as our shelter, our strength and our purpose for life itself there is life abundant and power beyond comprehension.

This power is beyond the things of the world, beyond the accolades of men, and when we walk in His faithful footsteps it is the best inheritance we may leave behind. However, the only way this power may be possessed or released is when we surrender ourselves fully to put Him first in all. He is First before everything and everyone because He alone is our treasure.

The battles of life will rage, with each passing day, but by walking with Christ our victory and our ability to overcome has already been established.  He is the only one who casts a vision worthy of our saying, “Whatever befall” us. When He alone is our vision, our ruler, and our King above all others, we are able to stand against that day when we are in the midst of great crisis and we have to stretch to see the light.

As we remember the survivors of these past weeks in Boston MA, Washington, DC, West, TX, and now Seattle WA we are reminded of this age old comforting hymn “Be Thou My Vision”. If Our Lord Jesus was their vision before their earthly darkness fell those who died have their Vision of living eternally with Christ fulfilled. For survivors whose shield, sword and fight rest in His vision, they are now walking in their grief not as those without hope but as a witness of His Vision.  And, for those seeking the answer to “Where is God in this?” we pray they will find Him through the words and deeds of Christ followers who have embraced His vision, These Vision casters are those who will put on the face of God, reach into the pain of the hopeless and helpless, and stand with them until the Vision comes!


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Mary Marr
by on Thu, 25 Apr 2013 - 16:19
Mary Marr
by on Thu, 25 Apr 2013 - 16:19