Sunday Hymnal – My Chains Are Gone

On the drive home from the vet’s office Friday afternoon, I thought of the following line:

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. 

I knew I had to use this song for Sunday Hymnal.

I was at a stop light when I thought of it and after driving through the light I caught a glimpse of a yellow-bodied butterfly with black edging fly across my windshield. I also saw the same butterfly on Saturday afternoon while at the cemetery where Joe is buried.

Rommie’s chain was her hip dysplasia and that chain is now gone – forever.

Run free my beloved golden daughter, run free. 

Playtime Makes Me Smile

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (click on title to see the video)

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.

The Official Hymn of JoyReturns


Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Psalm 90:14

I end this brief series on hymns with the official hymn of this blog.  This hymn is based on Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (one of my favorite pieces of classical music), and contains the word joyful so it had to be designated the official hymn of JoyReturns.  Besides, Beethoven and I are BFF’s.  I have always adored his music.

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee     

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.


Text: Henry Van Dyke
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven; Arr. by Edward Hodges

“God Of Our Fathers”

I always loved this song, especially with a trumpet player.  It is another hymn with a lot of power, passion and gusto!

God Of Our Fathers

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.

Daniel C. Roberts ( Words) /George W. Warren (Music)

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