~* THERE'LL BE NO DARK VALLEY *~
William O. Cushing, 1823-1902

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4

In every life there will be some "dark valleys". Difficult days cannot be avoided. In fact, the lives of some believers seem to be filled with affliction and suffering. But for the child of God, there is a glorious relief just ahead...the return of Christ in the clouds for His bride the church, and the promise of a land of endless delight! The prospect of God's tomorrow also means a time of joyous reunion with loved ones who have preceded us. Truly "there'll be songs of greeting when Jesus comes...."

William Orcutt Cushing knew the meaning of "dark valleys" in his life. After more than 20 years of successfully pastoring disciples of Christ churches in the state of New York, he suddenly lost the ability to speak. Then his wife died at the age of 47. During this "valley period", Cushing became interested in hymn writing and wrote more than 300 hymn texts, including such other favorites as "Under His Wings," "When He Cometh," "Follow On", and "Hiding in Thee".

Ira David Sankey, the hymn's composer, worked as a soloist and songleader with evangelist D. L. Moody for nearly 30 years in campaigns throughout the United States and the British Isles. "There'll Be No Dark Valley" was widely used by Sankey in many of these meetings. The hymn's simple repetitive message and singable melody still provide encouragement and comfort to God's people today.



There値l be no dark valley when Jesus comes,
There値l be no dark valley when Jesus comes;
There値l be no dark valley when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones Home.
To gather His loved ones Home (safe Home),
To gather His loved ones Home (safe Home);
There値l be no dark valley when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones Home.

There値l be no more sorrow when Jesus comes,
There値l be no more sorrow when Jesus comes;
But a glorious morrow when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones Home.
To gather His loved ones Home (safe Home),
To gather His loved ones Home (safe Home);
There値l be no dark valley when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones Home.

There値l be no more weeping when Jesus comes,
There値l be no more weeping when Jesus comes;
But a bless鐡 reaping when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones Home.
To gather His loved ones Home (safe Home),
To gather His loved ones Home (safe Home);
There値l be no dark valley when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones Home.

There値l be songs of greeting when Jesus comes,
There値l be songs of greeting when Jesus comes;
And a joyful meeting when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones Home.
To gather His loved ones Home (safe Home),
To gather His loved ones Home (safe Home);
There値l be no dark valley when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones Home.



*For Today*: I Thessalonians 4:16 & 17, II Peter 3: 13 & 14, Revelation 22:5 & 12

Hear these words of encouragement from John 14:1-3:
Let not your hear be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

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

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