is it in the sparkle of a diamond ring?
that shimmers through vow-making,
that's appraised through vow-keeping?
is it in the smell of fresh paint?
that settles upon stair creaks discovered,
that crackles along kitchen counters gravy-splattered?
is it in the cry of worship choruses?
that rise and fall with sunday congregations,
that ring campfires, guitars, and fireflies flickering?
tonight, there are those who bleed
in the dark
and in prison
or in the presence of their enemies
who know a bit about it. joy.
tonight, there are those bruised
on the streets
or in bedrooms
or huddling together for warmth
who have a little of it. joy.
and tonight, there is a God
and weighs justly
and counts riches oh so differently
than i ever have
and who wants to give me joy
in abiding (John 15:1-11)
and in hoping (Proverbs 10:28, Romans 15:13)
...in His judgment (I Chronicles 16:33, Proverbs 21:15)
...in His keeping (Jude 1)
...in His return (John 16:22).
and as i praise Him for being so great
in spite of,
He gives me joy.