From Despair to Joy

A wonderful caring friend read my last post and called immediately, concerned for my well-being.  How lucky am I to have such a friend!  So I thought I would dedicate this post to her and let her know my mood has swung back around as it always does.

My moods are greatly affected by music and “The Ode to Joy” always gets me going.  I found a flash mob on youtube  (follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo) that soothed my soul and made my heart soar.  The music of course is by Mr. Beethoven, but I discovered the lyrics were written by a man named Henry van Dyke in 1907, and it was first published in the Presbyterian Hymnal  About the song he said:

These vers­es are sim­ple ex­press­ions of com­mon Christ­ian feel­ings and de­sires in this pre­sent time—hymns of to­day that may be sung to­ge­ther by peo­ple who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of sci­ence will de­stroy re­li­gion, or any re­vo­lu­tion on earth over­throw the king­dom of hea­ven. There­fore this is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.

What else is there to say?

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