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Joyful Is the Dark

       Joyful is the dark,
       holy, hidden God,
rolling cloud of night beyond all naming:
       Majesty in darkness,
       Energy of love,
Word-in-Flesh, the mystery proclaiming.

       Joyful is the dark
       Spirit of the deep,
winging wildly o'er the world's creation,
       silken sheen of midnight
       plumage black and bright,
swooping with the beauty of a raven.

       Joyful is the dark,
       shadowed stable floor;
angels flicker, God on earth confessing,
       as with exultation,
       Mary, giving birth,
hails the infant cry of need and blessing.

       Joyful is the dark
       coolness of the tomb,
waiting for the wonder of the morning;
       never was that midnight
       touched by dread and gloom:
darkness was the cradle of the dawning.

       Joyful is the dark
       depth of love divine,
roaring, looming thundercloud of glory,
       holy, haunting beauty,
       living, loving God.
Hallelujah! Sing and tell the story!

Brian Wren
Words © 1989 Hope Publishing Company

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Product Code: 1996, 1884

Collections: Bring Many Names - Wren|Piece Together Praise - Wren|Supplement 96|The Sound of Welcome - Damon|Visions and Revisions - Wren

Scriptural Reference: Exodus 20:18-21, 24:9-18, 33:18-23; Deuteronomy 4:15-24; 1 Kings 8:10-12; Psalms 18:2-12; Acts 9:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:7-11, 13:12; 2 Corinthians 4:5-7; 2 Timothy 3:16, 6:16

Theme: Christmas, Epiphany, God - Names, Praise of God

Author(s): Wren, Brian (More Hymns | Biography)

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