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00076 - Be thou my vision

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

The hymn is attributed to the blind Irish monk, Dallan Forgaill, a 6th-century Irish monk who ministered in the wake of Patrick’s evangelisation and church planting. As he remembered Patrick’s missionary efforts and zeal, he wrote a poem, containing these famous words. For generations, the poem became part of the Irish monastic tradition, used as a prayer, and chanted in the Old Irish language. It wasn’t until 1905 that the song was translated by Mary Byrne, and it was 1912 before it was versified. Since then, it’s been sung all around the world.

You might be feeling worn out, fed up occasionally or just plain tired. Remember the points to this hymn. He is our sword for the fight, He is our vision, ever with us, our true word and certainly ruler of all.

Colossians 3:2 remind us to ‘Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (NIV)’.

Quote Our victory is won when we hand our life over to Jesus.

Prayer Lord, let there be more of You and less of me, that people would see your glory through me, Amen.

Action point

If you enjoy singing, have you ever thought of joining a Christian Choir, fellowship, fun and expressing your love of Jesus through song.

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