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Friday, 6 August 2004
To be "There" !!
Now Playing: What will it be like to be "there" at Home Above ?
Topic: Joyful
Many of us are familiar with the hymn, "We sing of the realms of the blest... But what must it be to be there?" which was written by Mrs. Elizabeth Mills a short while before she went "there" in 1829 at the age of 24.

It is #70 in the appendix to the Little Flock hymnbook and #276 in the Echoes of Grace Hymnbook.

John Gifford Bellett, often referred to as the "confectioner" of the 19th century "brethren" writers, wrote an answer to Mrs Mills' hymn which is today's "Chosen Hymn", as follows:

`Tis good to be here,' was the word
Once heard from that country so fair,
In glory beholding the Lord,
`Tis this, it is this to be there! (Matt 17:4)

The glories and joys of that land
The traveler could not declare,
His rapture and silence alone,
Must tell what it is to be there! (2 Cor 12:4)

In sight of that City on high,
Its walls decked with jewels so rare,
He fell, overwhelm'd with the joy,
This tells what it is to be there. (Rev 22:8)

With Thee, Lord, for ever to be
Is the hope Thou hast left with us here,
`Tis enough, Lord, for ever with Thee,
`Tis this, it is this to be there! (1 Thess 4:17)

(shared by Tom & Leah Roach, Nova Scotia)

Posted by dondegr8 at 12:16 PM EDT
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Sunday, 25 July 2004
He is Coming Again
Now Playing: Are we looking for Him whom our soul loveth ?
Topic: Joyful
Lift up your heads, pilgrims aweary,
See day's approach now crimson the sky;
Night shadows flee, and your Beloved,
Awaited with longing, at last draweth nigh.

He is coming again, he is coming again,
The very same Jesus, rejected of men;
He is coming again, he is coming again,
With power and great glory, he is coming again.

Dark was the night, sin warred against us;
Heavy the load of sorrow we bore;
But now we see signs of his coming;
Our hearts glow within us, joy's cup runneth o'er!

O blessed hope! O blissful promise!
Filling our hearts with rapture divine;
O day of days! hail thine appearing!
Thy transcendent glory for ever shall shine.

Even so come, precious Lord Jesus;
Creation waits redemption to see;
Caught up in clouds, soon we shall meet thee;
O blessed assurance, for ever with thee!

Author and Composer: Mabel Johnston Camp
(#403 in Choice Hymns of the Faith, published by Truth & Praise Inc, Belle Chasse Louisianna 70037)

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