Joyful, Joyful…

28 Nov

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers 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!

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of 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.

What joy I’m experiencing in ministry in Costa Rica–more than ever before.  I don’t know if it’s the place I’m in spiritually, or the fact that we have more people working together as a team–although I suspect it’s the place I’m in spiritually as I’m absolutely, positively sure that I could manage to be stressed no matter how many people were shouldering the load.

There is such rest and joy in what we are doing here.  We’ve had three official Sunday morning services in the chapel we’re renting.  The worship leader leads us to the heart of Jesus.  The messages have been amazing.  The fellowship too.  Joyful.  Joyful.

 

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