When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

The sound of the mellow horn rose from the hickory wood floor to the high ceiling. I began with My Jesus I Love Thee and ended with When the Roll is Called Up Yonder. As the sound rose, so did my spirit.

Heaven. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. It began with my father’s death seven years ago. And studying I Cor. 15 for nine months lured my mind back.

Now there’s mom. Weaker and weaker, I believe 2015 may be the year she enters glory. I’m okay with that. For crying out loud, she’s 94! And to think a doctor told her she wouldn’t live past her 20′s. I’m glad she did.

So this morning, I entered her room before the caregiver came and I read to her from the Psalms. And then we sang His Name is Wonderful. Then I went to prayer and used the Salvation Army Songbook. Here is a song I read this morning written by Isaac Watts:

“There is a land of pure delight, where saints immortal reign; infinite day excludes the night, and pleasures banish pain. There everlasting spring abides, and never-withering flowers; death, like a narrow sea divides this heavenly land from ours.

“Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood stand dressed in living green; so to the Jews old Canaan stood, while Jordan filled between. But timorous mortals start and shrink to cross this narrow sea, and linger, shivering on the brink, and fear to launch away.

“O could we make our doubts remove, those gloomy thoughts that rise, and see the Canaan that we love with unbeclouded eyes! Could we but climb where Moses stood and view the landscape o’er. Not Jordan’s stream, nor death’s cold flood, could fright us from the shore.”

And then I played my horn. Not well–but with feeling. Five or six songs, all about Jesus and hope and heaven.

And I rested. Not in my work, but in the finished work of Christ on the cross that began in Bethlehem and ended in the resurrection.

But there is more to come–kind of like a sequel that’s actually better. It involves Christ’s second coming and then heaven. Eternity with my Lord. That is something to celebrate. The Gift that keeps on giving long after Christmas is passed.

I’m ready to cross that narrow sea. Are you?


5 Comments on "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder"

  1. Becky Healy says:

    This is so precious, Pauline!! What sweet time with your mama! Tell her to wait for us to come visit – I’m hardly waiting to give both of you a hug!! Blessings, my friend.


  2. DARCY TEEPLE says:

    THAT WAS SO MOVING AND TO THE POINT. I wish that I could of written something so great when my mom was moving on to heaven

  3. Melinda S says:

    This is so poignant. My mom didn’t make it past 60, but there just came a time when I knew she had to go. God was so gracious and had a woman I didn’t even know speak to me during a prayer meeting tell me that “Your mom is in the palm of My hand”. That will remain with me until I meet her in Glory for I wasn’t sure until that very moment where she stood. It’s been 20 years and I still miss her, but glad she’s there with my dad. I know they will be waiting for me to join them and it’s such a reassuring thought. My peace is in Him and I know He keeps His Word.

  4. Tim Jones says:

    I ditto Marcy. When we lost mom a few years ago, it was a Blessing. We didn’t necessarily want it but knew “it was time”. The day we lost her a peace wash over me, I knew this wasn’t goodbye, only farewell. I knew she and grandma are both there as are many others and when the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

  5. Thanks Becky, Darcy and Melinda. Your kinds words are an encouragement to me. Please continue to pray. Mom is doing better but it is short term I think. And Tim, thanks so much for sharing!

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