Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Be Thou My Vision

We sang “Be Thou My Vision” in church Sunday. This has always been a favorite of mine. My daughter plays it on the harp so I hear it all the time, but I hadn’t thought about the words in a long while. As we sang the first verse the third line hit me: “Thou my best Thought, by day or by night” and I realized that this was the absolute best thought that should go in “becky’s thoughts” this week. Every verse speaks to me in a personal way. I pray that it will speak to you as well, and that you can make it a prayer for yourself.


Be Thou My Vision

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.

Dal­lan For­gaill (translated from the Irish byMa­ry E. Byrne, Versified by El­ea­nor H. Hull)
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