Beyond The Sunset
~ Beyond The Sunset ~
by Virgil Brocks
Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning.
When with our Saviour heaven's begun.
Earth's toiling ended, O glorious dawning
Beyond the sunset when day is done.
Beyond the sunset, no clouds will gather.
No storms will threaten, no fears annoy.
O day of gladness, O day unending.
Beyond the sunset eternal joy.
Beyond the sunset, a hand will guide me,
To God the Father whom I adore.
His glorious presence, His words of welcome,
Will be my portion on that fair shore.
Beyond the sunset, O glad reunion,
With our dear loved ones who've gone before,
In that fair homeland we'll know no parting.
Beyond the sunset forever more.
Virgil Brocks, a composer, wrote this hymn after his cousin Horace Burr, who had been blind from birth, had “witnessed” a magnificent sunset one evening in 1936, suddenly spoke out with excitement, saying that he had never seen such a beautiful sunset. One of the other guests asked how it was possible for him to see events of the sky. Horace's reply was to have a lasting affect on Brocks: I see through other people's eyes, and I think I often see more - I see beyond the sunset. (link to source)
This is a beautiful hymn and the words are so touching. One of the reasons why I like to do blog posts using hymns - is that when we sing we often forget to truly focus on the words as we are a little too wrapped up in the tune. The words in this hymn are wonderful - in particular the second stansa - "beyond the sunset eternal joy" or "Beyond the sunset, O glad reunion, with our dear loved ones who've gone before". My mother often reads these old hymns as they bring her so much comfort at the nursing home she is in and I do hope they do to you too.
So the next time you see a glorious sunset, remember to look as you too might be able to see "beyond the sunset" and know that this isn't our home, our fair home is waiting for us.