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When We All Get To Heaven Hymn Story and Lyrics

When We All Get To Heaven Story


This is another hymn from the pen of Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (1851 - 1920) who wrote so many poems meant to help children understand the truths of the bible. Another song that we dealt with on this blog is My Faith Has Found A Resting Place.

Eliza Hewitt was a School teacher whose career was cut short because of a spinal malady that afflicted her and caused her unbearable pain that he was bedridden for some years. While being bedridden he wrote several poems for Sunday school children that were later turned into songs.

Hewitt was a close friend of another prolific hymn writer Fanny Crosby, who wrote so many hymns including To God Be Glory.

This hymn was dedicated to Sunday school children in Philadelphia

The inspiration for this hymn is 1 Thessalonians 4:17 – “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

This was a combined effort between Eliza Edmunds Hewitt, a poet and Emily D. Wilson (1865-1942), a musician.

The song captures the spirit of the Adventist movement as led by the Baptist minister William Miller. William Miller based on his interpretation of the prophecies of Daniel taught that Christ would come in 1844.

Even though Christ did not come in 1844 this spirit of Adventism still captured the attention of American evangelicals well into that period of the likes of E E Hewitt.

May we all pray for that day when we all get to heaven! Amen.

When We All Get To Heaven Hymn Lyrics


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.

Refrain:

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 trav’ling 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.

Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.

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Terry Blackwood, Karen Peck - Official Video for 'When We All Get to Heaven [Live]



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