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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Frances Ridley Havergal – 27 December 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Frances Ridley Havergal, born 14 December 1836, was an English poet, hymn writer, and musician who began writing verse at age seven. Her well-known hymn “Take My Life and Let It Be, Consecrated, Lord, To Thee” reflects her whole-hearted devotion to Jesus. She died 3 June 1879.

At Christmastime we celebrate the birth of Jesus here on Earth. In this poem, written in 1873, the poet looks forward to His promised Second Coming:

Frances Ridley Havergal

Thou art coming, O my Savior;
Thou art coming, O my King!
In Thy beauty all-resplendent,
In Thy glory all-transcendent;
Well may we rejoice and sing;
Coming: in the opening east
Herald brightness slowly swells;
Coming: O Thou glorious priest!
Hear we not thy golden bells?

Thou art coming, Thou art coming;
We shall meet Thee on Thy way;
We shall bless Thee, we shall know Thee,
We shall bless Thee, we shall show Thee
All our hearts could never say;
What an anthem that will be,
Music rapturously sweet
Pouring out our love to Thee
At Thine own all-glorious feet.

Thou art coming; we are waiting
With a hope that cannot fail;
Asking not the day nor hour,
Resting on Thy word of power,
Anchored safe within the veil.
Time appointed may be long,
But the vision must be sure;
Certainty shall make us strong
Joyful patience can endure.

Oh, the joy to see Thee reigning,
Thee, our own beloved Lord!
Every tongue Thy Name confessing,
Worship, honor, glory, blessing
Brought to Thee with one accord;
Thee, our Master, and our Friend,
Vindicated and enthroned;
Unto earth’s remotest end
Glorified, adored, and owned!

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