No More Night
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, Behold, I am making all things new,” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:3-5
Inspired by this text from the book of Revelation, Walt Harrah wrote the music and lyrics to this great hymn in 1983. A well-known Christian composer and singer, Walt originally was planning to become a pastor earning a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary. However, as Walt explains, “God threw me one of those surprises, ‘No Walt you’re not going to be a Pastor, I want you to sing for a while.’ And sure enough, a singing career opened for me.”
Later, in 1985, Glen Campbell recorded No More Night for an upcoming gospel album. Glen received the 1986 Dove Award for that album, as best Gospel Album by a Secular Artist. Sometime later in 1994, Camp Kirkland arranged No More Night for Choir and Orchestra, which is the arrangement the Chancel Choir will be singing this Sunday, May 13, 2018.
No More Night has a real deep meaning to most of us here at Coral Ridge, as we remember the passing a year ago, of the First Lady of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Anne L. Kennedy. Among her many accomplishments, she will always be remembered as the “very first” Chancel Choir Director. We also remember Anne as a loving and caring mother. This being Mother’s Day weekend, we lovingly remember all of the mothers who are now in that heavenly dwelling place, in the presence of our Almighty God.
I would like to quote something that Dr. Kennedy used to say regarding dying, “Now, I know that someday I am going to come to what some people will say is the end of this life. They will probably put me in a box and roll me right down here in front of the church, and some people will gather around, and a few people will cry. But I have told them not to do that because I don’t want them to cry. I want them to begin the service with the Doxology and end with the Hallelujah Chorus, because I am not going to be there, and I am not going to be dead. I will be more alive than I have ever been in my life, and I will be looking down upon you poor people who are still in the land of the dying and have not yet joined me in the land of the living. I will be alive forevermore, in greater health and vitality and joy than ever, ever, I or anyone has known before.”
No more night…we will live in the light of the Risen Lamb!
Until next time….See you in the Choir Loft!
(This blog post was written by a contributor and the comments and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.)