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Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men,
From the best bliss that earth imparts,
We turn unfilled to Thee again.

Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee Thou art good,
To them that find Thee all in all.

We taste Thee, O Thou living Bread,
And long to feast upon Thee still;
We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead,
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.

Our restless spirits yearn for Thee,
Wherever our changeful lot is cast;
Glad when Thy gracious smile we see,
Blessed when our faith can hold Thee fast.

O Jesus, ever with us stay,
Make all our moments calm and bright;
Chase the dark night of sin away,
Shed over the world Thy holy light.

Bernard of Clairvaux 12th Century transl. from Latin by Ray Palmer 1858

Joy is not really an emotion it is an aspect of character.  It is not something we simply feel it is something we experience and demonstrate.  Joy is not limited to the happy, light and airy moments of life.  It can be known in the depths of sorrow, grief and suffering.  Joy is particularly seen in the choosing to delight in the minor mercies when things are hard.  Joy is often tangible in the gratitude of those who are forced to live simply because of the geographical, economic and historical circumstances in which they live.  Joy is often lacking in the high expectations of comfortable Christians in consumerist societies.

When you have nothing but have Jesus then you have more than plenty.  When you have plenty and accept Jesus you could expect Him to bring you more things.  When Jesus looked at the rich young ruler He saw a poverty anchored in wealth.  When he spoke to the poor He talked about real treasure which does not perish or fade.

Jesus is the wealth of life: in Him, in knowing Him, there is inexpressible, indescribable and irreducible joy for all eternity.

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Eph 1:15-23


plenty of joy in these ones, Andy!

Ahhh - 'there is a joy deeper than happiness just as there is a grief deeper than pain'

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