Those who know me know that I don't pretend to know much about music... except that I enjoy it! This week I discovered an old (written in 1735) advent hymn with the instruction that it was to be played joyfully. Which reminded me that all of this season is to be played and sung and lived... joyfully.
Hark, the glad sound, the Savior comes,the Savior promised long:
Let every heart prepare a throne, and every heart a song.
He comes the prisoners to release, in Satan's bondage held:
The gates of brass before Him burst, the iron fetters yield.
He comes, the broken heart to bind, the bleeding soul to cure,
And would with treasures of His grace enrich the humble poor.
Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace, Thy welcome shall proclaim;
And heaven's eternal arches ring with Thy beloved name.
Thanks be to God--- joyfully!