Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee…

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!

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,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

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

Mortals, join the happy 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 leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

~ Henry J. Van Dyke

I’m feeling quite joyful lately. A new perspective can do that, you know – when God adjusts our focus past the “could’ves, should’ves, would’ves” to the cross of Jesus Christ. Shame and regret blur as grace and mercy sharpen.

How could I have forgotten? It has been the lesson from my camera – perspective and focus.
I have a choice – I can focus on the frost-bitten grass or the tiny yellow wildflowers. The barren trees or the waxwings with tail feathers dipped in yellow. A neighbor’s unsightly trash heap or the iron scroll work propped against his shed.
I once was lost, but now I’m found…was blind, but now I see.
A glimpse or two from the past week or so, if you care to take a peek:

7 Responses to “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee…”

  1. I have no words to adequately express how I feel about this post.It is beautiful,touching and oh so lovely.THANKS MY FRIEND. Blessings,Ruth

  2. I'm speechless. Your pics do that for me too – change my perspective – thanks for the wonderful lesson, dear one.

  3. What a wonderful post and fabulous pictures. I just love your words and your work!! Blessings.

  4. I think birds are one of the clearest evidences for God and His glory. These are all WOW pictures.

  5. Your photos and their arrangement are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  6. What beautiful photos and soothing post. You make me sigh.Congratulations on your Top 100 pick.

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