Thursday, April 3, 2008

For All the Saints Who From Their Labors Rest

Today a beautiful saint that lived down the street from me with her large family passed into glory. She had endured much affliction that God had sent, but she did so with great joy in Christ and she blessed and inspired so many more saints to faithfulness in their walks here on earth. I was only merely acquainted with her but whenever I saw her, she never lacked a smile on her entire face.
So now she is finally pain free and seeing and experiencing what we can only still imagine. It is we who remain that must keep up the fight, the good fight and it is we who still feebly struggle. Please pray for her family.

"For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light. Alleluia, Alleluia!

O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor's crown of gold. Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion! fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. Alleluia, Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia, Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest:
Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blessed. Alleluia, Alleluia!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array:
The King of glory passes on His way. Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia, Alleluia!

written by William Walsham How, 1864

---posted by Queen Lucy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2Cor4:16-18

I have prayed for comfort and grace to be given to the bereaved family of your friend, now in glory, by our all sufficient loving heavenly Father. May they, and we all, be encouraged to continue to "run the race set before us" toward the "unseen eternal glory".

"And when we early rise
And view th'unwearied sun,
May we set out to win the prize
And after glory run."
John Leland 1792