There is Joy

There is Joy
Lorraine Nelson Wolf

Silver coin, lost on the floor
‘Neath dust and grime you dare to shine no more
Under darkness, under foot,
You long to find your way back to joy
Where is joy?

Little lamb, lost from the fold,
The wolves are near, the night is growing cold
Under darkness, over hills,
You run to find your way back to joy
Where is joy? Where is joy?

Is someone searching for you alone?
Lighting a lantern, turning every stone?
Who could be longing to bring you back to joy?
Endless joy, where is joy?

Younger son, you left your home
And foolishly spent your inheritance
The party’s up and the friends have flown
Do you still know the way back to joy?
Endless joy

When the seeker finds her coin
And the shepherd his lost lamb
When the prodigal returns and wears his father’s ring:
Heaven’s rejoicing in you, yes, in you
Angels are singing, psalms of sheer delight
Heaven’s rejoicing and all because you’re coming
home there’s joy
Such great joy
There is joy in finding what was lost
There is joy
Endless joy, brilliant joy, always joy
Heaven’s joy, the father’s joy, there is joy

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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