Editorial

I'VE GOT JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

For some reason Iíve had this song running through my head all day. As most of you know, I can not sing, but I love to pretend I can. I havenít sang this particular song since I was in vacation bible school about 50 years ago. Yet, today it was all over the place. Finally, I decided someone must be telling me something and I looked up the exact words. There is a pretty powerful message in this simple childrenís song.

Despite the international pandemic that is keeping us all worried, there is joy in the world and joy in our hearts. We, as a nation, have so many things to be grateful for with freedom at the top of the list. Yes, we have been asked to wear a mask and we have been asked to stay home, but we still have freedom to worship and the freedom to speak. These are the two rights we can not allow anyone, not even the government, to take away from us. And, thatís the reason we must vote.

I have four close friends who tested positive with COVID-19 this week, two are in the hospital. I am still hooked to an oxygen machine. Trust me when I say the coronavirus is real. Yet, there is still plenty of joy. Children are being born everyday; couples are exchanging wedding vows; grandparents are baking cookies; souls are being saved.

So, grab ahold of the joy in your life this week and tell the devil to go sit on a tack. As a matter of fact, sing it until you drive everyone crazy. This pandemic will stop claiming lives! It will come to an end!

Iíve got the joy, joy, joy, joy

Down in my heart (where?)

Down in my heart (where?)

Down in my heart

Iíve got the joy, joy, joy, joy

Down in my heart (where?)

Down in my heart to stay

And I'm so happy, so very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

And I'm so happy, so very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

Iíve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus

Down in my heart (where?)

Down in my heart (where?)

Down in my heart

Iíve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus

Down in my heart (where?)

Down in my heart to stay

And I'm so happy, so very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

And I'm so happy, so very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

Iíve got the peace that passes understanding

Way down in the depths of my heart (where?)

Way down in the depths of my heart (where?)

Way down in the depths of my heart

Iíve got the peace that passes understanding

Way down in the depths of my heart (where?)

Way down in the depths of my heart to stay

And I'm so happy, so very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

And I'm so happy, so very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

And if the devil doesn't like it

He can sit on a tack (ouch!)

Sit on a tack (ouch!)

Sit on a tack (ouch!)

And if the devil doesn't like it

He can sit on a tack (ouch!)

He can sit on a tack today

And I'm so happy, so very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

And I'm so happy, so very happy

I've got the love of Jesus in my heart