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I am Happy All the Day

September 17, 2014

“I am happy all the day,” someone said in a Bible Study I was in yesterday.

Okay, that’s not exactly what happened.

“I am happy all the day,” someone sang in a Bible Study I was in yesterday.

Okay, that’s not exactly what happened, either.

“I am happy all the day,” all of us sang in a Bible Study I was in yesterday.

It’s the end of the chorus of #359 in our official United Methodist Hymnal.

“I am happy all the day,” is what we all  sang five times.  Once after each verse.

“Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed, and did my Sovereign die?” is how that song begins.

And in its entiriety, the chorus goes like this —

“At the cross, at the cross,

Where I first saw the light,

And the burden of my heart rolled away;

It was there by faith

I received my sight

And now I am happy all the day.”

Pretty bold statement to conclude this classis Isaac Watts hymn from 1707: “I am happy all the day.”

What’ “burden of [your] heart” needs to be rolled away today?

Let’s pray for each other that today we move one step closer to being “happy all the day.”

I will if you will.

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6 Comments
  1. Debbie permalink

    I’ll pray for you, if you pray for me. Thanks.

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  2. Just the continuing patience to endure until His relief comes. As you said the other day and Debbie said above, again, “I’ll pray for you, if you pray for me.” Danke!

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  3. Bill and Jan Prewitt permalink

    I love that hymn….My mother was pianist at the same church from 17 yrs of age until she passed away at 71. My father could sing almost of the familiar hymns without looking at the book. My mother played at a lot of weddings and funerals and my father sang. Raised in a musical family, but unfortunately neither my sister or I inherited it!!!! We always loved to sing…..just not great!!!!! I do try to be happy all the day; however, sometimes it is trying!!! That is when we turn to prayer…..

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  4. Debbie permalink

    🙂 happiness to you.
    My mother has memory problems, but can sing every word to every hymn. It’s beautiful!

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    • My grandmother had memory problems and being one of the younger four grandchildren (off nine), was one of the first she didn’t recognize any longer. She had played piano by ear all my life and she would go to the piano to the day room and she could still play every gospel hymn she knew! Thanks Debbie for jogging that nice memory!!

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