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When We ALL Get to Heaven

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Last month, I had the blessing of interviewing the Southern Gospel group LEGACY FIVE for an article for Singing News magazine. Legacy Five was started by two former members of the Cathedral Quartet and both credit founding Cathedrals members George Younce and Glen Payne with the legacy of music handed to them.

This afternoon, I tuned in to the regular Saturday evening broadcast of the Gaither Gospel Hour on the network-formerly-known-as-PAX. The program is a tribute to many of the legends of Southern Gospel Music who have already gone on to heaven—George Younce (no other bass will ever live up—or down—to him!), Glen Payne, Jake Hess (oh, how we miss that wig!), Hovie Lister, Howard and Vestal (waving my hankie!) Goodman, and so many more. While each tribute brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat, all I could think about was how wonderful it will be when we ALL get to heaven . . . Bill Gaither will finally have his ultimate HOMECOMING choir!

With the quality of music these legends were able to make here on this earth, I can only imagine what they are able to do now that they have entered the presence of Jesus, released from the pain and limitations of their earthly bodies. I so look forward to the time I can join them and sing:

There’s within my heart a melody;
Jesus whispers sweet and low,
“Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,”
In all of life’s ebb and flow.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Sweetest name I know,
Fills my ev’ry longing,
Keeps me singing as I go.

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