Saturday, August 22, 2009

TSMSS - Heaven & A Birthday

Thoughts of heaven's joy, which awaits us just beyond the horizon, have been on my mind often during this past week as a result of my FIL's homegoing. As I mentioned Friday, my MIL's comment that "Every time I think about where he is, I smile" summed up the hope that is ours as believers. I told someone last week that if we really and truly had a glimpse of what was on the other side, we wouldn't try so hard to keep our loved ones here!

I just love this song. I don't know which is more fun - listening to these guys or watching them sing! I guarantee it will put a smile on your face! (Especially when Bill Gaither plays the piano and when Ernie Haase's excited energy almost causes him to fall off the stage at about 3:30!)

Words & Music by Vep Ellis

When we leave this lowland,
We will cross the Jordan;
Past the chilly torrent,
Heaven’s joy awaits.

(Heaven is) Just beyond the blue horizon, (is heaven)
Just above the starry sky, (starry blue sky above us)
Far above this land of sorrow (I'll go a-)
Way above each tear and sigh, (every sigh).
Just a few more miles before us, (and there is)
Just a little while to wait, (patiently wait for Jesus)
Soon we’ll sing redemption’s chorus, (I'm going up there where)
Heaven’s joy awaits, Heaven awaits.

Heaven’s breeze is blowing (blowing),
Gently to me calling (calling);
I will soon be going (going)
Through the pearly gates.

* * * * *

Today is my girl's 14th birthday. I couldn't resist pulling out this classic of the late great Victor Borge in her honor. He was a masterful pianist and comedian. And since my girl adores playing piano, I just had to share his oh-so-incredible classical renditions of Happy Birthday. And he even mentions the viola, the other instrument she plays!

Happy Birthday, sweet girl! You are a delight and bring joy to our days. I know God has great things in store for you this year!

Be sure to visit Amy's for more great songs!


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Cathy said...

That was great, Linda, thank you ~ Praying for you and your family ~

Hazel said...

The first video is so much fun to watch. It's my first time to come across a comforting and reassuring word as homegoing, and I like it. I wish I knew it then, all those wakes and funerals for family and loved ones should have been easier to go through. The video for your daughter's birthday is really beautiful! I adore male pianists too. This video is going right to my youtube favorites. Thanks for sharing.

Casey said...

The first video is soo fun.

Happy Birthday to your daughter! I hope she has a wonderful day!

Lisa notes... said...

I love the many facets of worship. Celebration songs like this one are definitely a happy part of it. Thanks for sharing.

TCKK said...

I love your videos. Especially the first. I love Bill Gaither and his music. The Victor Borge one was fun too. He's such an awesome pianist. Happy Birthday to your daughter!!

Anonymous said...

14!!! My song celebrated his 14th birthday over the summer and started pointing out the cars he liked. eek.

It's exciting and sobering to realize how little time we have left to nurture and guide before they are . . . adults. If I didn't feel the urgency to make every interaction count before, I sure feel it now.

Great songs!!!

sara said...

you just can not watch the first video without smiling!! that was awesome!!!

Happy Birthday to your girl!!!

Debbie said...

I can always count on your posting a song by the Gaithers. And frankly, I LOVE it! I sang along and it was so much fun to do. It's good when our loved ones who have died are believers. Such comfort in the midst of sorrow.

Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

That was great....thanks for posting.

Suzanne said...

Glad you're back, Linda, and glad all went well. ~Suzanne

LivingforGod said...

What a joyful song this is :)! Very fun to watch/listen to.

Happy 14th Birthday to your daughter! Mine just turned 16 last month; she likes to play piano as well.