Sunday, 13 December 2015

Joy

There is a verse in the hymn Give Me Oil In My Lamp which is all about Joy.  When I started looking for the words I cam across several different versions, give me joy keep me praising and so on, but the one that I remembered and was looking for was give me joy keep me singing.

After a little bit of poking around I found the words that I remembered from my childhood.

"Give me joy in my heart, keep me singing. 
Give me joy in my heart, I pray. 
Give me joy in my heart, keep me singing. 
Keep me singing till the break of day."

Singing is for me such a joyful thing.  When I was a child there was often singing going on at home.  Not that any of us were or are the greatest singers, that didn't stop us bursting into song and we still do occasionally, and I often sing when I am alone at home or in my car.

I feel so sad when I hear people singing hymns or songs that are about joy and they sound so flat and dull and totally unjoyful.  Music is one of the greatest joys in life I think.

Joy is the extra sparkle on top, the froth that makes champagne better than sparkling wine, the shine on the cherry on the top of the cream on top of the cake.  The topping on life that makes everything just a bit better and bit more fun, nicer and happier and more wonderful.

It is the pure pleasure in the moment.  The time when good feelings just spill out of us over the top of everything else - like those champagne bubbles!

When my husband comes home, I feel Joy, when I finish a crochet project, I feel Joy, when I see my loveliest friends, I feel Joy, when I receive another unexpected Christmas card through the post, I feel Joy.

Last week I wrote about Hope and we all agreed that without Hope there would be little or nothing in life, and of course we need Hope, but we need Joy on the top of that too.  It is what takes us from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Yesterday I was at a - very dull and for the most part I wished that I missed it, there was no joy! - Christmas dinner.  One thing though filled my heart with Joy. 

There was a young man sitting a couple of seats away from me, he was asked what he was doing for Christmas this year.  He explained that he was having a homeless man that he knows to visit for the day and that for Christmas he has bought him a great gift.  A really good quality thick sleeping bag and a pop up tent. 

As the young man spoke he was so full of Joy to be doing this, I do hope that it brings Joy to the homeless man and it certainly bought Joy to my heart to hear this.  If you had just judged this young man by his cover you would not have expected this, but dig a little deeper and it is a different story. 

It gave me great Joy to think that there is good in the world, and in the young who we don't necessarily give the credit for being so good.

So this week, perhaps we can all do something to spread a little Joy in the world.  Wish someone a Happy Christmas, or a good day, give someone a hug, send that unexpected Christmas Card or a letter, do something unexpected and spread Joy in the world!

Thank you all for bringing me great Joy!!

Happy Christmas!

Amy xx

30 comments:

  1. I'm not religious, in fact quite the opposite, but I used to love singing and had singing lessons as a youngster and was later in the choral society where we lived, so have sung some marvellous oratoria as well as my solo singing. Can't sing now, though, bronchitis put paid to my voice many years ago, sadly. I just croak, but I can remember how lovely it was to sing.
    My favourite singer of all time is Jessye Norman - do listen to her singing Strauss's Four Last Songs.
    Margaret P

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  2. What a thought provoking post Amy. May you be surrounded by joy too

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  3. It is extremely important that we spread joy from our tiny part in the world. It is the only power we have. And yes, deadbeat singing drives me nuts.

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  4. Lovely post my bit of joy this week was taking a couple of bouquets of flowers to the local care home to be given to people who have no visitors or gifts. There but for the grace of God that could be anyone of us. I remember the same song as been Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning...a great favourite.

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  5. Thank YOU for the joy!
    I love the expression in England, "Any joy?" We don't say that in the USA!

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  6. Thank you for this great reminder. Many of us may need to be reminded just about now. How I admire that young man and his wisdom and generosity. The more I hear about people wanting the squash "Merry Christmas", the more I see people's faces light up when I wish them a "Merry Christmas" and they wish it back. I've gone through periods when my joy was badly missed and was so thankful to get it back. We must exercise our joy so that it stands up to the circumstances of life. Thank you Amy. Your post boosted MY JOY!!!

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  7. Such a happy post!! I remember "Give me Oil" from my childhood and haven't heard it for years. I love singing too, and Christmas carols are the best for singing along. I spent a somewhat 'joyful' hour stuck in traffic on the highway yesterday. While we crept along at a snail's pace, I was singing along to Michael Buble's Christmas CD. I don't care if people see me singing by myself when I'm driving ;)
    Wendy

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  8. Good Morning Amy,

    My friend Wendy sent me to you this morning as I was feeling a little melancholy.
    Thank you for writing the words that I needed to hear this morning.
    Merry Christmas,
    Jemma

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  9. Our daughter arrives from Japan tomorrow evening and that brings so much JOY to us, I never ask for more than that, her here for Christmas.

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  10. You have made me remember that I had a doll called Joy when I was little. It's great to hear all the Christmas carols again, everyone joining in, feeling happy. x

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  11. I felt a bit of joy reading about the man giving the sleeping bag and tent. What a thoughtful and wonderful gift to be able to give someone shelter and warmth.

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  12. We sang the same version at school, one of my favourites growing up! What a lovely post :) There really are good people in the world, we must never forget that :) xx

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  13. I love that song. I remember it from school. Lovely story about the sleeping bag gift xx

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  14. What a wonderful thing that young man is doing. Bringing joy to other people brings joy to ourselves, I'm sure we could all do a little extra to spread more joy.

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  15. Lovely post as always, Amy. It does us good to stop and think, especially at this time of year! xx

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  16. What an amazing young man, it's good that there are people like that around. Bless you for spreading some joy in your blog. CJ xx

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  17. A beautiful post today, dear friend. When I woke this a.m., the sky was so pink. It truly was beautiful and brought me great JOY! What a better place the world would be if we all shared JOY with each other.

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  18. What a lovely story Amy. I hope there is more JOY to come for you over this festive period and well into the fuure. Take care.

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  19. Such a great post :) there always some singing going on at the Summerhouse.
    Clare xx

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  20. That young man can certainly teach us a thing or two about Joy and the wonderful gift of giving.
    Meredith

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  21. What a fab young man that was! We don't always give the young credit but there are many out there doing lots of voluntary roles or performing random acts of kindness!! It's great that you are spreading the message too xx

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  22. "Give me Joy in my Heart" is one of my most favourite songs. You can really have a good old belt at it! :o)

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  23. Oh what a lovely post Amy...so true that we all need to make that extra little effort and try and bring joy into someone's life. At this time of year particularly. You are so right about music as well...a song can lift your spirits like nothing else. Hope you have a 'joyful' week. Barbara x

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  24. What a beautiful post! I fondly remember this song you mentioned from childhood and from the children at church still singing it. I don't have the best singing voice either (though I can carry a tune), so I sing out loud at home and in my car. I love your story about the young man buying a sleeping bag and pop-up tent for the homeless man. He certainly is bringing joy into this homeless man's heart!

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  25. Your joy was just pouring out of this post - it's so infectious. You are awesome!

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  26. Beautiful post Amy! And so true what you say about joy and it's importance in our lives. I love the story of the young man you shared as well. The other day I was in a drive through line and someone had already paid for things as a random act of kindness. I think things like that are a perfect definition of someone with joy in their heart and soul. Such a wonderful time of year with so many filled with joy! ;) xoxo

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  27. I love a bit of singing myself but have a rather croaky voice most of the time. My husband belts out hymns like nobody else, he is the one that you hear in the choir. This post is very uplifting Amy, thank you. Have a lovely week. x

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  28. I just love this post Amy, Joy is being with family and friends and watching them enjoy the season. The look of excitement on a childs face and yes singing Christmas songsxxx

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  29. Thanks for sharing this lovely post! I hope you have a nice week!

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  30. spreading joy is such a important part of Christmas but it often gets buried in commercialism, thank you for the reminder of it x

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