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2020-06-28 When We All Get to Heaven

Eliza Hewitt was born on June 28, 1851 in Philadelphia.  Her exemplary grades gave her the opportunity to teach school.  After a few years, her life was changed by a normal day on the playground with her students.  At recess, a student carelessly threw a rock and struck Eliza in the back.  The impact caused a painful spinal injury which forced Eliza to bed for months as she recovered.  Even after some progress, she was semi-invalid for the rest of her life with regular pain and a lack of mobility.

While she was confined to bed, she felt the presence of the Lord every day.  She began taking her time to study Literature and English as she recuperated.  Without being aware, God was using this time to prepare her for a work of writing poetry and hymns.  Many of these hymns were used in camp meetings and to teach children in Sunday School.  While not the type of teaching she intended to do, God used her mightily to teach young minds greater truths than she could have ever imagined.

She wrote hymns like, “When We All Get to Heaven,” “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place,” “Sunshine in My Soul,”  and “More About Jesus Would I Know.”

The following hymn has meant to so many for so many years, but knowing the author’s story sheds some extra beautiful light to it.

http://www.travisagnew.org/2018/01/22/when-we-all-get-to-heaven/

17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

I Thessalonians 4:17-18 (NKJV)

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
sing his mercy and his grace;
in the mansions bright and blessed
he'll prepare for us a place.

When we all get to heaven,
what a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus
we'll sing and shout the victory.

While we walk the pilgrim pathway
clouds will overspread the sky,
but when traveling days are over,
not a shadow, not a sigh. 

Let us then be true and faithful,
trusting, serving every day;
just one glimpse of Him in glory
will the toils of life repay. 

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell

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