Rachel Jenae

Hearts Unfold

Sometimes beauty needs few words. She simply tells her own story and sings her own song, lost in unfolding her heart to us and beckoning us to do the same. For it’s in our own unfolding that the beauty bestowed upon us can be seen by the world. Not the beauty we put on each day, or the beauty we try to obtain or contain, but a simple beauty. One that is at rest and drinking deep of love. One that has seen, heard and gazed upon true beauty in such a way that it cannot stay the same. That’s what beauty beckons us into. As mere mortals to come back again and again and gaze on the beauty of One…love divine reigning o’er us!

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,

God of glory, Lord of love;

hearts unfold like flowers before thee,

opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;

drive the dark of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness,

fill us with the light of day!


All thy works with joy surround thee,

earth and heaven reflect thy rays,

stars and angels sing around thee,

center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain,

flowery meadow, flashing sea,

chanting bird and flowing fountain,

call us to rejoice in thee.


Thou art giving and forgiving,

ever blessing, ever blest,

well-spring of the joy of living,

ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our brother,

all who live in love are thine;

teach us how to love each other,

lift us to the joy divine.


Mortals, join the mighty chorus

which the morning stars began;

love divine is reigning o’er us,

binding all within its span.

Ever singing, march we onward,

victors in the midst of strife;

joyful music leads us sunward,

in the triumph song of life.


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