Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hymn of the Week: Sunshine In My Soul

Today in southwest Michigan, there are near-blizzard conditions. Although there isn't a lot of snow coming down, there is certainly a lot blowing sideways. Wind chills are double-digit-below-zero. Churches cancelled services; some school districts are already announcing closings for Monday.

Despite this weather, and despite the fact that the sun hasn't been visible for some time, there is still reason for optimism: When Jesus shows His smiling face, there can be sunshine in the soul! Weather doesn't interfere with God's love to us—and neither does anything else.

The words are by Eliza E. Hewitt; the music by William J. Kirkpatrick.

Sunshine In My Soul

There is sunshine in my soul today,
More glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky,
For Jesus is my Light.


O there’s sunshine, bless├Ęd sunshine,
When the peaceful, happy moments roll;
When Jesus shows His smiling face,
There is sunshine in the soul.

There is music in my soul today,
A carol to my King,
And Jesus, listening, can hear
The songs I cannot sing.


There is springtime in my soul today,
For, when the Lord is near,
The dove of peace sings in my heart,
The flowers of grace appear.


There is gladness in my soul today,
And hope and praise and love,
For blessings which He gives me now,
For joys “laid up” above.


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