|"For unto us a child is born,|
for unto us a Son is given.
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace."
Please take a moment to enjoy this Ode To Joy!
"Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"
God of Glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow'rs before thee,
Op'ning 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 heav'n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest,
vale and mountain.
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou are giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father,
Christ our Brother,
All who live in love
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.
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.
Henry J. Van Dyke 1907
Have a wonderful Christmas celebration!
In the coming week I will be linking with several of my favorite blogs.
Many of them host weekly parties. I'd love for you to stop by my sidebar to link up with them and say hi!