Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pure Joy

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.
Fanny Crosby 1875

I was so excited to be able to tell Ivy this morning that all the miners who we had been praying for had been rescued.  It was a thrill to be able to tell her God had answered our prayers and everyone was safe.  What is even more thrilling is to see the glory being given to God by the families, the miners themselves, and even the President of Chile.  I loved watching the faces of family members as they were reunited with their loved ones.  It was moment after moment of pure joy captured on film.  There are certainly few moments on this earth that will compare, but I am reminded of another reunion that will happen one day that will fill everyone with pure joy.

Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Isaiah 51:11

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