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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Inspired by . . . Hymns of Faith: Be Thou My Vision

Who would have guessed that an 8th-century poem, written to honor St. Patrick's rebellion against King Logaire of Tara three centuries earlier would, after being translated and versified in the 20th century, become one of the most recorded hymns of all time?

Such is the ancient history of Be Thou My Vision translated by Mary E. Byrne, M.A. in 1912.

It is my favorite hymn and prayer that, at every moment of my life, God would be my vision above all else.

The theme of vision and perspective have followed me most of my life. Our experiences shape our perspectives.

Truth is Truth.

But people can and do have different perspectives of the same truth.

Examing my own perspectives and understanding other's has always been important to me. Perhaps that is why this ancient, 8th-century poem turned hymn resonates so deeply with my heart.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart.

As believers, our vision flows from a true awareness of Christ in all His fullness. His presence is the light by which we see the world. His word gives us the wisdom we need to act righteously. 

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word.

A personal relationship with Him is what we treasure above all else. His victory over sin gives us hope in every circumstance.

O High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

When we allow Him to reign in our hearts, the truth of His victory, heaven's joy, will be a vision we can take comfort in no matter what befalls us in this life.

Heart of my own hear, whatever befall,
still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.


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