Space-for-Gladness-lyrics-by-James-Barnett

Space for Gladness lyrics / poem by James Barnett

Wrapped up in my sadness
Where’s the space for gladness
I’ve spent too long letting myself down
I could be known for being joyful
I have the capacity for that
I’ve even been called the life of the party
Oh, how long has it been since then

What excuses have I fed my mind
To try to keep my heart shut off
To try to keep myself from feeling too much
I’ve been trapped in my own prison
A deep grey pit in my imagination
No one but me could ever set me free
And so herein lies
The problem and the solution
If it’s got to be
Of course it’s up to me
But is that ever really enough
I await for who knows what else

Wrapped up in my sadness
Where’s the space for gladness
I’ve spent too long letting myself down
I could be known for being joyful
I have the capacity for that
I’ve even been called the life of the party
Oh, how long has it been since then

So, what gets to change
Do I hear the angels singing
What could they be bringing
Are there happy tidings
Or any other kind of good news
What would Jesus do
The man of sorrows, he’s been called
Yet there’s so much more to him
Than all of that
Jesus wept at his friend’s grave
Right before he brought his friend
Back to life again
Could there still be new life for me

Wrapped up in my sadness
Where’s the space for gladness
I’ve spent too long letting myself down
I could be known for being joyful
I have the capacity for that
I’ve even been called the life of the party
Oh, how long has it been since then

My sadness has been my grave clothes
I replace that with the clothing of gladness
And I breathe again the breath of life
Though Jesus died, he got over that
He got better than ever
Why should I be any different than him

Conclusion

I wrote the “Space for Gladness” lyrics / poem on May 18, 2021, which was 3 years to the day after getting my vasectomy.

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James Barnett

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