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,
and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Below are pics of a field behind our fence filled with weeds and a few wildflowers.
Saturday was a beautiful day bright with the sunshine we needed to help our flowers grow. This morning we were greeted again with thunder, lightning and heavy rain. It looks as though it will rain all day. What to do, what to do?
When I took Trudy out this morning, I saw this strange little sight and wondered what it was. A closer inspection told me that one of the dove's eggs hatched out and there might be a little baby up in the nest with her. The other little eggshell told a sad story. One of the babies did not make it.
It's all part of life in our fallen world. God's creation now with storm clouds, weeds, death, and broken dreams. Thank God for His Son who has redeemed us from this broken world to replace the broken places with love, joy, peace and love!
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,
Words: Henry J. van Dyke, 1907