Gloria Gaither, 1942-present
William J. Gaither, 1936-present

Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
John 14:19

Christ's resurrection is our guarantee of at least two basic truths: First, He has the power to give His life to us and to bring us ultimately to Glory to reign with Him forever. And second, His Resurrection makes it possible for Him to live in our hearts and to be an integral part of our daily living.

The music of Bill and Gloria Gaither has greatly enriched modern Christian hymnody. But the song that has especially highlighted the Gaithers' ministry is one that reflects their own philosophy--the resurrection principle in the daily routines of life--"Because He Lives". Bill Gaither recalls the circumstances that prompted the writing of this favorite:

We wrote "Because He Lives" after a period of time when we had had a kind of dry spell and hadn't written any songs for a while.... Also at the end of the 1960's, our country was going through some great turmoil with the height of the drug culture, and the whole "God is dead" theory was running wild in our country. Also it was the peak of the Vietnam War. During that time our little son was born--at least Gloria was expecting him. I can remember at the time we thought, "Brother, this is really a poor time to bring a child into the world." At times we were even quite discouraged by the whole thing. And then Benjy did come. We had two little girls whom we love very much, but this was our first son, and so that lyric came to us, "How sweet to hold our new-born baby and feel the pride and joy he gives; but better still the calm assurance: this child can face uncertain days because Christ lives." And it gave us the courage to say, "Because Christ lives we can face tomorrow" and keep our heads high.

God sent His Son--they called Him Jesus;
He came to love, heal, and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon;
An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives.

How sweet to hold a new-born baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because Christ lives.

And then one day I'll cross the river;
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of Glory--and I'll know He lives!

Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living--just because He lives!

*For Today*: John 6:40; Colossians 3:3 & 4; II Timothy 1:10; I John 5:11

Live in the joyous confidence that the living, victorious Christ is guiding your life.

Music url: God's Gospel Midis (try Version 6)

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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