Footnote: The Long Goodnight

You simply have to check out this song, The Long Goodnight by Matthew Smith.  I am grateful for Tim Challies directing our attention to it.  Matthew Smith wrote the music for the song and sings it.  The words are from an old German hymn printed in Hymns from the Land of Luther.

This is an excellent theology of dying.  As a Christian, this is the way we should think of our death as well as the deaths of other Christians.  The words are worth meditating on, so I am providing them for you here.

I journey forth rejoicing
From this dark vale of tears,
To heavenly joy and freedom,
From earthly bonds and fears;
Where Christ our Lord shall gather
All His redeemed again,
His kingdom to inherit.
Goodnight, goodnight till then!

Why thus so sadly weeping,
Beloved ones of my heart?
The Lord is good and gracious,
Though now He bids us part.
Oft have we met in gladness.
And we shall meet again,
All sorrow left behind us.
Goodnight, goodnight till then!

I go to see His glory,
Whom we have loved below:
I go, the blessed angels,
The holy saints to know.
Our lovely ones departed,
I go to find again,
And wait for you to join us.
Goodnight, goodnight till then!

I hear the Saviour calling,
The joyful hour has come:
The angel guards are ready
To guide me to our home,
Where Christ our Lord shall gather
All His redeemed again,
His kingdom to inherit.
Goodnight, goodnight till then!

You can listen to the song on the link provided.  You can download it for a minimum of $0.99.  It would be well worth the investment.

* The Long Goodnight by Matthew Smith