The Music Will Never Stop


I was thinking about all the loss that has been experienced throughout the communities we serve. As well, the loss that we have experienced among our own staff. To lose a loved one is so difficult! We must be reminded to look past the temporal of this world to the permanence of eternity. I think of what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:20ff “For our citizenship is in heaven….,”

So often we concentrate on what we are losing rather than what we are gaining.



I used to think –

Loving life so greatly –

That to die would be

Like leaving a party

Before the end.


Now I know the party

Is really happening

Somewhere else;

That the light and the music –

Escaping in snatches

To make the pulse beat

And the tempo quicken –

Come from a long way



And I know too

That when I get there

The music will never end.

(Evangeline Patterson)


I am certain we have all heard the saying “All good things must come to an end” Speaking in terms of earthly things, this seems a fair assessment. However, cast against the backdrop of eternity and heaven’s reality it cannot be true! All the ugly of this life; death, sin, illness, pain will be consumed by the eternal promise of our Lord Jesus to a new life hidden in Him.


“But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

I Corinthians 15:54-58


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