The Bright Forever

I’m going to do something a little different today. We talked quite a bit about heaven on Sunday, and I planned on carrying on the subject today. However, everything that I’ve written thus far has sounded so clinical. So, I’m going to punt today. Rather than clinical, I’m going to go with beautiful. Rather than head, I’m going to go heart.

            Fanny J. Crosby was born with sight, but was blinded at the age of six weeks. Her lack of sight, however, didn’t deter her. Once, when asked whether she wished she had her sight, she answered, “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind? Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.” At age 8, she began writing poetry. Later, in her life she started putting her poetry to music. This led her to become one of the great hymn-writers of all-time, penning such classics as “Blessed Assurance”, “To God be the Glory”, and “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior.” Eventually, she wrote over 9000 hymns.

            There is one hymn in particular that meets both of today’s blog qualifications for “heaven” and “beauty”. Written in 1871, this obscure song of praise celebrates the joy and anticipation of our afterlife with Christ.

The Bright Forever

Breaking through the clouds that gather, 

O’er the Christian’s natal skies, 

Distant beams, like floods of glory, 

Fill the soul with glad surprise; 

And we almost hear the echo 

Of the pure and holy throng, 

In the bright, the bright forever, 

In the summer land of song.

Yet a little while we linger,

Ere we reach our journey’s end;

Yet a little while of labor, 

Ere the evening shades descend; 

Then we’ll lay us down to slumber, 

But the night will soon be o’er; 

In the bright, the bright forever, 

We shall wake, to weep no more.

O the bliss of life eternal! 

O the long unbroken rest! 

In the golden fields of pleasure, 

In the region of the blessed;

But, to see our dear Redeemer, 

And before His throne to fall, 

There to bear His gracious welcome, 

Will be sweeter far than all.

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  1. Evelyn Schroth Reply

    Dear Pastor Steve Yohn, this is beautiful ! It brought tears to my eyes. Perhaps it was because our oldest son was legally blind . His sight was fine until he was about nine or ten years old. He started having bad headaches. He had trouble being able to read. He started doing home construction with Walt at 17 and became an accomplished carpenter in spite of his lack of clear vision. He married, had two sons and became a home builder on his own. For the last four or five years of his life he acted as a home contractor and hired professionals to do the labor. In spite of it all he always had a smile and said,”Everything happens for a reason. God is in charge of our lives.”

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