Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ode to Joy

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, meekness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23.
Hi! I am JOY/ A fruit of the Spirit;
I come to all Christians/But am often neglected.
I show up in small ways:/In a child's toothless grin,
In helping an old lady,/In a baby's slobbered chin.
I'm always near/Just take time to look---
I inhabit a rainbow/And an uplifting book.
I grace all your learning/When you "see the light."
I'm there when you make peace/And cool down a fight.
I'm among friends/Who love to go fishing,
Just drinking a beer/And talking and wishing. . .
I brightened your folks/Before you were born,
Now I tag-along with YOU/As you weather life's storms.
I give true delight/In Christian commitment;
I pervade your soul/When you learn contentment.
I dance through creation/ And make the stars twinkle
And fill the dry ground/ When rain starts to sprinkle.
I'm there in all seasons/ I love them ALL best.
After a day of hard work/ Together we rest.
I'm the lush grass/ That tickles your comfortable bare feet.
I enhance the mem'ries/ When old buddies meet.
Sitting in church/ I keep you awake
No matter how long/ The service may take.
I'm there in fond mem'ries/ You dwell on from home;
I hid in that pun/ That caused you to groan.
I delight in your discovery/ Of just Whose you are;
When you LIKE who He made you/ Indeed we've come far!
I haunted the Maker/ Before He made time;
When all was pronounced good/ The pleasure was mine.
I bestowed warmth upon earth/ At Easter's SON-rise;
I'll escort you to heaven/ When someday YOU rise!
I'm happy we've met, /I'll be a good friend;
I'll always be with you/ My gifts NEVER end!"
A cheerful heart is good medicine,/ But a broken spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22
---C. Marie Byars, 1984

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