Sunday, December 13


 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; 
again I will say, rejoice!  
Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] 
be known to all people. 
The Lord is near.  
 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, 
but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.  
And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] 
which transcends all understanding, 
[that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
/Phillipians 4:4-7 AMP/

Today's the third Sunday od Advent called the Sunday of Joy, so to stay in the spirit I chose a song sung by Jimmy Needham which is a great jazzy version of a traditional hymn Joyful, Joyful

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

You make me joyful
You make me joyful
Our hearts are so full, so full

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

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