When my children were small I would sing them to sleep with hymns. I knew the reality that the Holy Spirit could reach their little hearts in ways that any Sunday School teacher could not.
One of the hymns I would sing often was the ancient Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision. It was my heart’s prayer for my children, for me, for my husband. I wanted, longed for, and prayed that God would be my focus for my heart.
Now, all these years later, I see the fruition of these words as my sons begin to choose their walk with God as their own, not just the family tradition and heritage. I continue to pray that as they stretch out and seek God in their own ways, in their own lives, that they would still understand the blessing that a life with God is so much more incredible than a life without Him.
I recently heard the verse Ephesians 2:14 which says, For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility (NIV).
This word “peace” when translated means Shalom when defined truly means “vision.” So imagine the verse above with that word instead; For he himself is our vision, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.
Jesus is our vision, our focus, our center in our lives. It brought the ancient hymn to mind with new meaning. May you read it with new eyes and be encouraged and blessed.
English Methodist version, 1964
- 1.) 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.
- 2.) 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 me dwelling, and I with thee one.
- 3.) 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.
- 4.) 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.