sunday edition #5

hello! i've been having the most magnificent weekend! my house is spread with spring decor (most that still hasn't found a home, yet) and while it's probably still a little too chilly, i've got the windows open and am enjoying the fresh air! as the spring brings with it energy and life and excitement, so does our life in christ. i'm reminded of that each year as the trees and flowers start blooming that i, too, am a new creation in my savior and i find joy and beauty in that promise. one of my favorite hymns (which we sang at church today) characterizes this perfectly and i thought i'd share it with you. happy sunday!

joyful joyful we adore thee
god of glory, lord of love
hearts unfold like flow'rs before thee
opening to the sun above
melt the clouds of sin and sadness,drive the dark of doubt away
giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day

all thy works with joy surround thee
earth and heaven reflect thy rays
stars and angels sing around thee
center of unbroken praise
field and forest, vale and mountain; flowery meadow, flashing sea
chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee

thou art giving and forgiving
ever blessing, ever blest
wellspring of the joy of living
ocean depth and happy rest
thou our father, christ our brother, all who live in love are thine
teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine

mortals join the mighty chorus
which the morning stars began
father love is reigning o'er us
brother love binds man to man
ever singing march we onward, victors in the midst of strife
joyful music lifts us sunward, in the triumph song of life 
- h.v. dyke

image via sassandcraft.blogspot.com 

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