Reviewing a January message after listening to the up coming winter storm reports, it’s -38C at my dads farm this morning, you know that is cold, and sounds like we could get a foot is snow here on the Brockville Shores starting this afternoon, now where was I, oh yes, Joy.
Great article on the remarkable life of the author of this song Joy to the World, written in 1719, a Christmas Carol based on Psalm 98.
Let’s be reminded to not loose our Joy, and if we have , find it. Og Mandino reminded us to live every day as if it was Christmas.
So in the spirit of Christmas, enjoy once again this beautiful message.
Psalm 98 King James Version (KJV)
98 O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
2 The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
5 Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.
7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
8 Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together
9 Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare him room
and heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns:
let men their songs employ
while fields and floods rocks hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow
nor thorns infest the ground:
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousnes
and wonders of his love.
Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks.
Our God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come; Be thou our guard while troubles last, And our eternal home
For Satan finds some mischief still For idle hands to do.
Well, lots of reflection and research from that page on joy, feeling it’s timr to add a couple extra bales of straw to the pigs hut to enhance their day as we all hunker down for the storm. May your day be filled with joy and may you find joy if it’s not there. The world is counting on it. TLR
Seeds of Success , Og Mandino
May every day grow from these seeds.