Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851-1920

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I Thessalonians 4:17 & 18

For the born-again child of God, the end of this earthly pilgrimage is just the beginning of a glorious life.

The glorious hope revives our courage for the way,
When each in expectation lives and longs to see the day
When from sorrow, toil, pain, and sin we shall be free,
And perfect love and joy shall reign throughout all eternity.
~John Fawcett

Our services of worship even now should be a foretaste of that day of rejoicing when the redeemed from every tribe, language, people, and nation see our Lord and together "we'll sing and shout the victory!"

The author of this hymn text, Eliza Hewitt, a school teacher in Philadelphia, was another Christian lay worker deeply devoted to the Sunday School movement during the latter half of the 19th Century. Like many of the other gospel song writers of this time, Eliza wrote her songs with the goal of reaching and teaching children with the truths of the gospel. She often attended the Methodist camp meetings at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. It was here that she collaborated with Emily Wilson, wife of a Methodist District Superintendent in Philadelphia, in the writing of this popular gospel hymn, a favorite of both young and old alike. It was first published in 1898.

The anticipation of Heaven has often been described as the oxygen of the Christian soul. "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he [Christ] is pure," (I John 3:3).

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace.
In the mansions bright and blessèd
He’ll prepare for us a place!

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when traveling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh!

Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving ev'ry day;
Just one glimpse of Him in Glory
Will the toils of life repay!

Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold!

When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!

*For Today*: Psalm 16:11; Isaiah 35:10; John 14:2 & 3; I Corinthians 15:54-57

Like the letters to the churches the Apostle Paul wrote, this is a hymn to be sung by Christians. The "All" is not speaking of everyone, but the church--those who know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour from sin. Are you part of that ALL? then allow your imagination to anticipate that day in Heaven when the entire family of God is gathered for an endless celebration of praise to Him! Allow this glorious hope to brighten your day and to keep you "true and faithful, trusting, serving...."

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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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