Words & Music by Charles H. Gabriel, 1856-1932

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

Think of stepping on shore, and finding it Heaven!
Of taking hold of a hand, and finding it God's hand,
Of breathing new air, and finding it celestial air;
Of feeling invigorated, and finding it immortality,
Of passing from storm and tempest to an unbroken calm,
Of waking up, and finding it Home!
Author Unknown

The text for "O That Will Be Glory" was inspired for the author and composer by his good friend Ed Card, superintendent of the Sunshine Rescue Mission of St. Louis, Missouri. Ed was a radiant believer who always seemed to be bubbling over with the joy of the Lord. During a sermon or prayer, he would often explode with the expression, "Glory!" (Incidentally, there is a Bible-based precedent for this practice. See Psalm 29:9). Ed Card's smiling face earned him the nickname "Old Glory Face". It was his custom to close his own praying with a reference to Heaven, ending with the phrase "and that will be glory for me!" It is said that Mr. Card had the joy of singing this hymn just before his Home-going--with the pleasure of knowing that his Christian life had been its inspiration.

Charles H. Gabriel was one of the best-known and most prolific gospel songwriters of the early 20th Century era. For most of his hymns, Gabriel wrote and composed both the words and music. His gospel songs were especially used during the large Billy Sunday evangelistic campaigns of the 1910-1920 decade. "O That Will Be Glory" has been translated into many languages and dialects to be sung around the globe.

**For those of you who have rarely heard this expression, Glory is another name for Heaven! Jesus is what makes Heaven HEAVEN. Looking on His face is what makes Glory GLORY!

When all my labors and trials are oer,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore,
Will through the ages be Glory for me.

When, by the gift of His infinite grace,
I am accorded in Heaven a place,
Just to be there and to look on His face,
Will through the ages be Glory for me.

Friends will be there I have loved long ago;
Joy like a river around me will flow;
Yet just a smile from my Savior, I know,
Will through the ages be Glory for me.

O that will be Glory for me,
Glory for me, Glory for me,
When by His grace I shall look on His face,
That will be Glory, be Glory for me.

*For Today*: I Corinthians 13:12; II Corinthians 3:18; Revelation 14:13

Reflect on this truth: One moment of heavenly glory will outweigh a lifetime of suffering. Live with the assurance that God's tomorrow will make today's struggles worth it all.

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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