goodnight, goodnight til then.

A beloved deacon from our church, Larry,  suffered a severe stroke and passed away. I knew him from the church I grew up in, and then from our current church. He was a true servant of the church, and he will be missed.

Matthew Smith has a song on his forthcoming album that I feel is appropriate. We do not die in Christ, we merely expire. It’s still hard, but it’s not forever. So, goodnight, Larry.We will meet again.

Goodnight” by Matthew Smith

I journey forth rejoicing
From this dark vale of tears
To heavenly joy and freedom
From earthly bonds and fears
Where Christ our Lord shall gather
All His redeemed again,
His kingdom to inherit–
Goodnight, goodnight till then

Why thus so sadly weeping
Beloved ones of my heart?
The Lord is good and gracious
Though now He bids us part
Oft have we met in gladness
And we shall meet again
All sorrow left behind us–
Goodnight, goodnight till then

I go to see His glory
Whom we have loved below
I go, the blessed angels
The holy saints to know.
Our lovely ones departed
I go to find again
And wait for you to join us–
Goodnight, goodnight till then

I hear the Savior calling–
The joyful hour has come
The angel-guards are ready
To guide me to our home
Where Christ our Lord shall gather
All His redeemed again,
His kingdom to inherit–
Goodnight, goodnight till then

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