Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Daily Devotion: Beyond The Sunset

Bible Reading:  II Corinthians 5:1-8

Key Verse: Verse 8 – “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

Key Words: present with the Lord

One evening, in the summer of 1936, Horace Rodeheaver invited the faculty of the Rodeheaver School of Music to his home at Rainbow Point, Indiana. Among those attending were lyricist Virgil Brock and his wife, composer Blanch Brock.

As the evening progressed, the sunset over the nearby Winona Lake was so incredible; the faculty members began to talk about the unusual particulars of its beauty. The talk eventually died down and the group sat for a long time, silently soaking in the wonder.

Virgil's cousin Horace Burr, who had been blind from birth, suddenly spoke out with excitement, saying that he had never seen such a beautiful sunset. One of the other guests asked how it was possible for him to see events of the sky. Horace's reply was to have a lasting affect: “I see through other people's eyes, and I think I often see more - I see beyond the sunset.”

Back at home, Virgil was inspired to write a hymn based upon the events of the evening. His wife joined him from the piano. Horace was there also. When he heard the first three verses Horace reminded them of the storm clouds that had been hovering just above that evening's sunset, and suggested that be the theme of a fourth verse. Before the three climbed into their beds that night, “Beyond the Sunset” was

ready for publication.

Beyond The Sunset

Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning.
When with our Saviour heaven's begun.
Earth's toiling ended, O glorious dawning
Beyond the sunset when day is done.

Beyond the sunset, no clouds will gather.
No storms will threaten, no fears annoy.
O day of gladness, O day unending.
Beyond the sunset eternal joy.

What to do:
✞ When this life is over, will you be able to be present with the Lord?

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