We have an amazing choir director at our church. I always enjoy the selections she picks. Today the choir sang an anthem written by Peter Adams, which he derived from Psalm 4. I wish you could hear it. It was one of the most beautiful pieces I'd ever heard. Here are the words ...
In the midst of pain I praise you.
I pray for what you send and receive your gift.
I will not refuse this grief, will not refuse this grief.
A joy is in my heart, is in my heart.
I lie down trusting darkness, for I know you are here.
A joy is in my heart, is in my heart, joy in my heart.
I think anyone who has a spouse deployed will join me in a resounding "AMEN" after reading this.
Life is hard. Marriage is hard. Parenthood is hard. Deployment is hard.
And war, war is never fair, never pretty, never easy and definitely always hard.
But for those of us who profess Christ as our Lord, no matter what our circumstances, our hearts are filled with joy. (Psalm 4.7)
And when I lie down and when Richard lies down, we will both sleep in peace, for God, alone, makes us dwell in safety. (Psalm 4.8)
I am thankful for not only being fed at church today, but stuffed! I am thankful for a lunch of milkshakes and pizza with my girls, and I am thankful for a sunny weekend when storms were predicted.
Joy, yes joy is in my heart!