Sunday, April 12, 2009

Carol of Joy

Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry;
Brief sunset fading, dim winter sky.
Lengthening shadows, Dark closing in,
Then, through the stillness, carols begin!

Oh fallen world, to you is the song--
Death holds you fast and night tarries long.
Jesus is born, your curse to destroy!
Sweet to your ears, a carol of Joy!

Pale moon ascending, solemn and slow;
Cold barren hillside, shrouded in snow;
Deep, empty valley veiled by the night;
Hear angel music--hopeful and bright!

Oh fearful world, to you is the song--
Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong!
Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound--
A carol of joy! A Savior is found!

Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes!
Thrill to the chorus filling the skies!
Look up sad hearted--witness God's love!
Join in the carol swelling above!

Oh friendless world, to you is the song!
All Heaven's joy to you may belong!
You who are lonely, laden, forlorn--
Oh fallen world!
Oh friendless world!
To you,
A Savior is born!

Even though this is usually sung at Christmas, it is all I can think about on this Easter day. I hope you enjoy the words and music as much as I do! I am deeply grateful for the gift of the Savior. I am overwhelmed by the peace, courage, forgivness, guidance, knowlege, opportunities, challenges, joy and love He offers me, even though I am so undeserving. He is truly my best friend because when all the world fails me, Jesus Christ is always by my side. I know He lives. I know He loves all of us. I know He is the way, the truth, and the life. Thanks be to God for this matchless gift!

John 16:33
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. Inthe world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

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