Therefore my heart is glad,
and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
- Psalm 16:9 -
Ring the bells of heaven! there is joy today
For a soul returning from the wild!
See! the Father meets him out upon the way,
Welcoming His weary, wand'ring child.
Ring the bells of heaven! there is joy today,
For the wand'rer now is reconciled;
Yes, a soul is rescued from his sinful way,
And is born a new a ransomed child.
Ring the bells of heaven! spread the feast today!
Angels, swell the glad triumphant strain!
Tell the joyful tidings, bear it far away!
For a precious soul is born again.
Glory! glory! how the angels sing;
Glory! glory! how the loud harps ring!
'Tis the ransomed army, like a mighty sea,
Pealing forth the anthem of the free!
- William O. Cushing, 1823 - 1902 -
You will meet with trials as you journey home-
Grace sufficient He will give to overcome;
Tho unseen by mortal eye, He is with you ever nigh-
And He'll keep the joy-bells ringing in your heart.
Joy-bells ringing in your heart, joy-bells ringing in your heart!
Take the Savior, here below, with you everywhere you go-
He will keep the joy-bells ringing in your heart.
- J. Edward Ruark, 19th Century -
Have a blessed Lord's Day, lovely friends!