Over the last few months, a compilation of Puritan prayers called The Valley of Vision has become a refuge for me. These prayers often put into words what I cannot. They describe the thoughts of my heart and encourage me as I pray them to God.
Below I've included one of the most famouse Purtain prayers—the one for which the compilation is named. The text is from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett. You can purchase the book in multiple formats from Banner of Truth. It is well worth the price.
The Valley of Vision
Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, You have brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see You in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Your glory. Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision. Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter Your stars shine; let me find Your light in my darkness, Your life in my death, Your joy in my sorrow, Your grace in my sin, Your riches in my poverty, Your glory in my valley.
From The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett