26 November 2014

News reached us tonight

of an old friend entering hospice care. Thinking of one of the hymns for the Last Sunday:

There shall we see in glory
Our dear Redeemer's face;
The long-awaited story
Of heavenly joy takes place.
The patriarchs shall meet us,
The prophets' holy band;
Apostles, martyrs, greet us
In that celestial land.

There God shall from all evil
Forever make us free,
From sin and from the devil,
From all adversity,
From sickness, pain and sadness,
From troubles, cares, and fears,
And grant us heavenly gladness
And wipe away our tears.

In that fair home shall never
Be silent music's voice;
With hearts and lips forever
We shall in God rejoice,
While angel hosts are raising
With saints from great to least
A mighty hymn for praising
The Giver of the feast.
LSB 514:2–4

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


Fr. Gregory Hogg said...

Sad news, indeed.

William Weedon said...

We sang together "Lord, let at last..." and he didn't miss a word.

Vonda Cheney said...

I wish your friend the best in this leg of what we see is an arduous journey into life and recovery. Hospice care is an adjustment, though it can be positively seen as a convenience because that is where the sick will receive proper care and treatment. A lot of good will come out of that, I'm sure. All the best!

Vonda Cheney @ Amber Care