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Lord’s Day 25, 2018


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

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But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

—1 Thessalonians 4:13–14

On the Threshold.

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I’m returning, not departing;
My steps are homeward bound.
I quit the land of strangers
For a home on native ground.

I am rising, and not setting;
This is not night but day.
Not in darkness, but in sunshine,
Like a star, I fade away.

All is well with me for ever;
I do not fear to go.
My tide is but beginning
Its bright eternal flow.

I am leaving only shadows,
For the true and fair and good.
I must not, cannot, linger;
I would not, though I could.

This is not death’s dark portal,
’Tis life’s golden gate to me.
Link after link is broken,
And I at last am free.

I am going to the angels,
I am going to my God;
I know the hand that beckons,
I see the holy road.

Why grieve me with your weeping,
Your tears are all in vain;
An hour’s farewell, beloved,
And we shall meet again.

Jesus, thou wilt receive me,
And welcome me above;
This sunshine, which now fills me,
Is thine own smile of love.

—Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, Second Series (James Nisbet & Co., 1878).

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Posted 2018·06·24 by David Kjos
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