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Grieving our Losses 13- Songs of Comfort

Grieving Our Losses
Day 13- Songs of Comfort
Jonathan Draper

In the Sweet By and By

There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.

In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.

(Sanford Fillmore Bennett, 1868)

This song provides such a great comfort for believers, as its words hold so much truth. We understand that this life at times is characterized by sorrow, loss, disappointment, and grief. Sometimes it can feel like the hope and joy we are promised is still far off, but God’s promises remain. In the sweet by and by, when we meet on the beautiful shores of heaven, there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears, no more anger, no more frustration, no more loss, no more grief. We will be in the presence of our Savior and those believers who have gone home before us.

I pray that the words of this song will be used to encourage someone who is experiencing grief. Even though it may feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, you are not alone. The joy that being with our Savior will bring far outweighs any afflictions we experience here on earth.

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