A Prayer for Joy

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  • O Christ,

    All thy ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight.

    Thou didst weep, sorrow, suffer that I might rejoice.

    For my joy thou hast sent the Comforter, multiplied thy promises, shown me my future happiness, given me a living fountain.

    Thou art preparing joy for me and me for joy; I pray for joy, wait for joy, long for joy; give me more than I can hold, desire, or think of.

    Measure out to me my times and degrees of joy, at my work, business, duties.

    If I weep at night, give me joy in the morning.

    Let me rest in the thought of thy love, pardon for my sin, my title to heaven, my future unspotted state.

    I am an unworthy recipient of thy grace.

    I often disesteem thy blood and slight they love, but can in repentance draw water from the wells of thy joyous forgiveness.

    Let my heart leap towards the eternal Sabbath, where the work of redemption, sanctification, preservation, glorification is finished and perfected forever, where thou wilt rejoice over me with joy.

    There I no joy like the joy of heaven, for in that state are no sad divisions, unchristian quarrels, contentions, evil designs, weariness, hunger, cold, sadness, sin, suffering, persecution, toils of duty.

    O healthy place where none are sick!

    O happy land where all are kings!

    O holy assembly where all are priests!

    How free a state where none are servants except to thee!

    Bring me speedily to the land of joy.

    The Valley of Vision, pp. 292-93


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.