IN THE VALLEY

In the valley all our sweat and tears

Are registered by name,

Where all strivings and all anguish

For a season will remain.

In the valley are humble beginnings;

In the lowliness of meadows,

But where seed is planted with much hope

So our past becomes a shadow.

It’s in the valley where our season

Of frustration it may mount,

But it’s where God’s scalpel will remove

All fear and all doubt.

In the valley is our manger

Where we dare to rest our head,

But where deep foundations they are laid

When our spirit man is fed.

The valley teaches many lessons

It’s where our character is changed;

Where layers are peeled and there’s transparency

When we remain in the lowest plains.

It’s in the valley we’re victorious;

In the humblest of all ground,

Where deep roots take place and where love and peace

Will definitely be found.

We all want the mountaintops

Where exceeding joy abounds,

But unless we’ve lived in the valley

We’ll become a clanging sound.

The mountaintop is glorious;

The landscape is so vast,

But lasting change within our soul 

Can never happen fast.

But the greatest mountains can be shattered

And indeed come crumbling down,

When the Goliaths and our stumbling blocks

Through faith and prayer will bow.

Jesus lived amongst the valleys;

In the lowliest of plains,

But indeed rested on the mountaintops

Where all victories were claimed.

From the valley to the mountaintop

Our soul is cleansed and changed,

By God’s Spirit as we humbly repent

So we no longer stay the same.

(C) P.B. 2021

‘Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth.  The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and al flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”  Isaiah 40:4-5

“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”  Psalm 90:1-2

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal… and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”  1 Corinthians 13:1-2

“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief, for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move: and nothing will be impossible for you.  However this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.’”  Matthew 17:20-21

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38

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