Friday, September 9, 2011

Give Me Joy!

Please
Can't we smile?
Does holiness mean
Dour
Sour
Barely alive
Hour
by
hour?

Why show
Flat unaffected
Wasted
Faces
Straight mouths
No lilt
No tilt
No lips that shout "Glory!"

Where's the joy of salvation
Where's the happy to be alive
Glad to know the Lord
Bliss to have the angels
Sitting on our shoulders
Joy of Christianity?

See the God of heaven
Bounding over the hills of Home!
Full of vigor!
Full of Strength!
Full of joy!

We are
Too serious for words
Dark podiums
Dark faces
No sparkle
No hope
No...joy.

Let me outta here!
Give me joy!


5 comments:

Joanne Sher said...

Beautiful and thought-provoking. Amen.

Dee Yoder said...

Thanks, Jo. I need to practice what I preach!

Lisa Mikitarian said...

I absolutely loved this, Dee.

Dee Yoder said...

Thank you, Lisa! I need the reminder to think of the joy of Christ, too!

Rhonda Schrock said...

This is good! Funny, that I find it today. I just preached a very gentle - um, sermon to one of the boys about this very thing. Without notes! :)

I always need emphasis on joy.