~* FADE, FADE, EACH EARTHLY JOY *~
(also known as JESUS IS MINE!)
Jane C. Bonar

O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Psalm 31:23 & 24

Each of us was created for the purpose of enjoying the fellowship of Almighty God. Our souls were made for eternity, not for this brief earthly pilgrimage alone. The Christian life should be lived each day as though we were already enjoying the blessings of Heaven. We deprive ourselves of one of life's greatest treasures when we lose this perspective and become bogged down with the trivialities of earthly living.

An intimate fellowship with our LORD should produce at least three basic differences in our living:

* More humility--a greater realization of our finite state and the need for dependence upon God.
* More happiness--a realization that this life has purpose and dignity as we represent God. And then a promised eternity in heaven with our Lord.
* More holiness--a greater desire to be a worthy representative for God and to live a life of absolute purity.


The author of this lovely devotional hymn text, Jane C. Bonar, was the wife of Dr. Horatius Bonar, generally regarded as one of the greatest of Scottish preachers and hymn writers. Jane, too, was a very gifted writer and Christian leader. For more than forty years the Bonars shared life's sorrows and joys together in a rich ministry for God. These devotional thoughts are still the sentiments of every spiritually mature follower of Christ.


Fade, fade, each earthly joy, Jesus is mine!
Break every tender tie, Jesus is mine!
Dark is the wilderness, Earth has no resting place,
Jesus alone can bless, Jesus is mine!

Tempt not my soul away, Jesus is mine!
Here would I ever stay, Jesus is mine!
Perishing things of clay, born but for one brief day,
Pass from my heart away, Jesus is mine!

Farewell, ye dreams of night, Jesus is mine!
Lost in this dawning bright, Jesus is mine!
All that my soul has tried left but a dismal void;
Jesus has satisfied, Jesus is mine!

Farewell, mortality, Jesus is mine!
Welcome, eternity, Jesus is mine!
Welcome, oh, loved and blest, welcome sweet scenes of rest,
Welcome, my Saviorís breast, Jesus is mine!



*For Today*: Psalm 16:8 & 11; 37:4 & 23, 40:8; Proverbs 11:20; Colossians 3:2

Allow the awareness of God's presence to produce in your life more HUMILITY, HAPPINESS, and HOLINESS as you seek to represent Him to the world!

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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