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It is Joy It is joy to watch a new
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By Gary James Smith
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It is Joy

It is joy to watch a new believer
Have an appetite for God
As old things they once held to
As with old clothes are shed
A hunger and thirst for righteousness
A yearning now to pray
A joy they never had before
On exhibition every day

A desire to read the Bible
As well as to share the Word
A new desire with a passion for souls
For those who've never heard
An honest admission of wrong doing
A desire to make things right
Genuine evidence of a changed life
Now walking in the Light

An unashamed declaration
"I know whom I have believed"
A witness now to family and friends
Lord Jesus they received
Still a little rough on the edges
But God will smooth it over
Now some clay in the Potter's hand
Awaiting a Divine makeover

A Bible as constant Companion
A rustling of pages there
Checking out... What saith the Lord
Finding each treasure there
And now in the confidence of faith
A saved soul satisfied
Blessed assuredly in their heart
Their need has been supplied

And sin exposed for what it is
A transgression against the Lord
An earnestness now to live
According to His Word
And church attendance top priority
Happy for Sunday to come
Eager to hear the preacher's message
In regards to Christ the Son

If that doesn't make you happy
I know not what else could do
To see a life transformed by God
Is a blessing through and through
So thank you Lord for each new believer
A testimony to your grace
Yes there's really a difference when
Salvation has taken place

Copyright February 14 2018 1:22AM

Gary James Smith

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Submitted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Last Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018

About the Poet
I came to know the Lord as my personal Saviour in January of 1972. I was married on Oct 21,1966 to my wife Linda who also loves the Lord. We have ten children and now twenty-four grand children. In Aug 2012 we got the announcement of the birth of our first GREAT grand child (a baby girl). I was thrilled to find others of like precious faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! What a Savior! I am presently living in Champion, Alberta, Canada but we are originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. That is where the poem Canadian Tribute to America was birthed. One Sunday as I walked across the city on my way to church I came to the top of a hill and looked across at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. After watching the events of the Sept 11 tragedy it was weighing on my heart and mind and the Lord gave me these words. We came to Calgary and when my oldest daughter saw this poem she said, �Dad, what�s this?� and I said a poem and she replied �Dad, that�s not a poem , that�s a song� and she then went to the piano and began to sing and play it. The result of which turned into a song entitled, A Canadian Tribute to America which she recorded on CD. garyjamessmith2005@yahoo.ca

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