Joy is not natural for me because I spent many years taking life too seriously. I viewed life as a problem to solve, but now see life as an adventure to live (inspired by John Eldredge). Just yesterday, I finished composing a new piece that combines joyful original melodies with Beethoven’s classic hymn Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. I may title it Vive La Joye, which means “Joy Forever.” Psalm 16:11 speaks to this, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Another new piece presents my arrangement of the Doxology – “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” – with an original section inspired by Psalm 30:5, “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Maybe greater joy is possible after all!
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