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Looking through my hymnal for a song to share, this one spoke to my heart. O day of rest and gladness. Even though as I type these words I am really tired after a busy day, my heart is feeling glad. I managed to complete a lot of what I had in my mind (except cleaning the house) to do today. Spent time with my sweetheart chatting about possibilities for the future, made cookies, ate decently, felt pretty good for most of the day (except when I over did it a bit this morning), and welcomed my lad home after he spent a night visiting with a friend. So it was for me indeed a day of gladness (and for a while this evening, rest). 🙂 God is so very good to us even in a time of trial and uncertainty. It’s good to see God’s goodness eh?
O day of rest and gladness, O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness, most beautiful, most bright:
On Thee, the high and lowly, through ages joined in tune,
Sing holy, holy, holy, to the great God Triune.
On Thee, at the creation, the light first had its birth;
On Thee, for our salvation, Christ rose from depths of earth;
On Thee, our Lord, victorious, the Spirit sent from Heaven,
And thus on Thee, most glorious, a triple light was given.
Thou art a port, protected from storms that round us rise;
A garden, intersected with streams of paradise;
Thou art a cooling fountain in life’s dry, dreary sand;
From thee, like Pisgah’s mountain, we view our promised land.
Thou art a holy ladder, where angels go and come;
Each Sunday finds us gladder, nearer to Heaven, our home;
A day of sweet reflection, thou art a day of love,
A day of resurrection from earth to things above.
Today on weary nations the heavenly manna falls;
To holy convocations the silver trumpet calls,
Where Gospel light is glowing with pure and radiant beams,
And living water flowing, with soul refreshing streams.
New graces ever gaining from this our day of rest,
We reach the rest remaining to spirits of the blessed.
To Holy Ghost be praises, to Father, and to Son;
The Church her voice upraises to Thee, blessed Three in One.
I like the sound of this video even though they sing the song with some different words.