Hour of Joy

Is it possible to be uplifted, soothed, and inspired all at the same time? Hope so because that’s how I feel after going to a musical “fireside” at church. I started to take the path of  least resistance and stay home. It would have been easier, after all, to stay dressed in casual (bummy) clothes than get re-dressed in more appropriate “Sunday-go-to-meeting” attire. And then there’s this great book I wanted to continue reading…but what a treat I would have missed.

Music can touch a soul like nothing else. Tonight there were solos, duets, and group presentations. The hour began with young, talented Allysa’s instrumental rendition of a lovely hymn and concluded with the choir singing “Father, This Hour Has Been One of Joy.” I LOVED it. I felt imbued with spiritually and a feeling of goodwill towards all mankind (womankind too). Afterwards, almost everyone stayed around for a bit of socializing, and everyone seemed both happy and peaceful. Is that possible?

I’m not a musician. In fact, I can’t read a note of music and wouldn’t know a flat from a sharp (I’m not even sure those are musical terms), but I do know what touches my heart and soul, and it was tonight’s melodic songs of praise, worship, and thanksgiving. Here’s the closing song. Although I can’t reproduce the reverent, soul stirring manner in which the choir vocalized it, I can at least share the words.

” Father, this hour has been one of joy;
We thank thee for thy many blessings.
Our hearts are filled with thy gracious love
And thy tender caring.”

Can you see why I enjoyed the service so much? It was one of joy. Has anyone out there got a special musical experience to share?


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

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