Thursday, August 16, 2007

Be Thou My Vision

This evening my husband was telling me they sang a hymn today that he didn't think he had ever heard before but loved. I don't know why, but "Be Thou My Vision" immediately came to my mind before he ever even said it. Read the words...

Be thou my vision, oh 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, and I thy true son
Thou in my dwelling, and I with thee one

Riches I need 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 and Music by Eleanor Hull and Mary E. Byrne

The music is simple, but the words are so powerful! As I listened to him talk about it, and how awesome it was to hear all the chaplains singing it, I knew it really did mean something to him. I've thought of this song several times over the last few months. I told him had he not said the name I was going to ask him if that was the song.

When we hung up the phone I thought to myself - here we are hundreds of miles apart, yet so connected by what God is doing in our hearts. Jesus Christ is our vision and our treasure. I love hearing what God is doing in my husband's life, and it makes me love him all the more knowing he is fully surrendered to whatever God's will is for his life.

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