In this Vale where man is
Through the shadow and the cloud....
Sin Beguiling then condemning,
Hiding Truth in Devil Shrouds.
Though The Light is always shining,
Cloud and mountain dim the day;
Like lost sheep mankind meanders,
In this wilderness of gray.
Sin has blinded Sons of Adam;
Cloud of Death hangs over all.
Dark deception robs his vision
East of Eden since The Fall.
In The Valley of the Shadow
Sin's delusion mars the soul...
Sightless sheep dwell in denial;
"We're not lost!" they tell each other....
"There's no Shepherd up above!"
"Murky gray's our perfect cover....
And this Dark?......It's what we love!"
"We feel safe here in The Shadow!"...
It envelops like the womb.
Wool pulled over eyes of Reason....
Stillborn bleating from the tomb.
So, man lingers ever longer
In Death's Valley: Mother Earth;
Still The Father offers Blessing:
"Seek the Truth and Second Birth!"
There's a Voice!....
(Be still!... Be quiet!)
Did you hear that Gentle Word?
Like a breeze that whispers past us...
Calling out this flock.... interred.
"Lambs of Lazarus!....Come hither!
Leave this East of Eden Grave!"
Listen closely! ...It's The Shepherd
Who has come to Call....
Lord, remind us Death was vanquished
By the Father's Risen Son...
And by Him the fog was lifted...
Bright Eternal Kingdom's come!
Yes!...The Son dwelt here among us,
For a time...
Mercy!..... God's True Revelation...
Sacrificed for mankind's crime.
Give us Grace to hear The Calling.
Give us hearts to heed The Word.
Give us eyes to see the Son Shine
Clearing up what once was blurred.
We can sense Light in this Fog Bank
But we struggle still to see;
His Shekinah Glory beckons
From God's Throne....
Then a wind from somewhere rises...
Then a break...
And Light sublime.
Breath of Life...an Invitation!
This Place and Time.
In this Valley of the Shadow
Lit by Grace
and so improved;
There is Hope and Joy astounding...
When the cloud and mountain moves!
Shepherd, guide us through The Valley,
Toward the Sanctifying Height,
Where we see the Panorama
Of God's Glory...
And His Might!
Lord, You brought us to This Clearing,
Meadow green and bright new day...
Now we hear the Soft Commandment:
"Follow Me!...I AM The Way..."
Give us rest in this High Pasture...
Touch us, please...
Restore the soul!
Then, Lord, take us even higher,
Where the streets are paved with gold.
Lord, with You we fear no evil....
You have set the prisoners free!
And your rod and staff do comfort;
We were blind,
But now we see!
The Lord is amy
shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of fthe shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You iprepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
"This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved
darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone
who does evil hates the light for fear that his deeds will be
exposed." -- John 3: 19, 20
"If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness." --Oswald