“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Psalm 23:4
“Lord, you have brought us to the valley of vision, where we live in the depths but see you in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin, we behold your glory.
Let us 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 us find your light in our darkness, your life in our death, your joy in our sorrow, your grace in our sin, your riches in our poverty, your glory in our valley.” (The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions)
A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Albert Bierstadt, 1866