Little bird experiences a taste of the fullness
of joy which the Master brings to His children
who have purified themselves for the sake
of His Love. They have sacrificed themselves
in their wilderness for His sake, and now
taste the victory of joy which He has prepared
for them: "Those who sow in tears will
reap with cries of joy. Those who go forth
weeping, carrying sacks of seed, Will return
with cries of joy, carrying their bundled
The heart of a child called from beyond
To places where peace and joy overflow.
From sorrows and pain, this soul did abscond:
Raised up from its weakness here below.
O power of death, where is your sting?
O darkness of sin, where is your guilt?
Freed from these snipers, this heart will
From parapets high, which He has built.
O sing a new song; lift it up high.
O raise up the soul: fragrant and pure.
Streams of His Love draw this soul nigh --
Eternal embrace: heaven's procure.
O lift up your heart; fragrant with love.
He'll surge it with joy: wings of a dove!
(c) Paul Buis, 2000
1. Psalms 126:5-6