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"Beyond This Land Of Parting"

           “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”  Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:1-6).

 

            In the year 1876 Mary B.C. Slade wrote the hymn with the above title. She stated, “Beyond this land of parting, losing and leaving, Far beyond the losses darkening this, And far beyond the taking and the bereaving, Lies the summer-land of bliss.”

 

            Jesus promised His followers such a place: He told His disciples that He would prepare them a place in His Father’s house (John 14:2). He then said that He would come to take them with Him to that home (John 14:1-4). He then told them the way to get to this heavenly place (John 14:3-6). Jesus did not promise that the way would be easy. In fact, He warned that times could be tough and that they would not be loved for the message they would bring. He stated, “And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:9). In regards to the apostles and prophets, Jesus stated, “I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:14). In a world where sinful darkness prevails the light will be hated (John 1:8-11). Jesus stated, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you for My name's sake, because they know not Him that sent Me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth Me hateth My Father also.  If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both Me and My Father.  But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated Me without a cause” (John 15:18-25).

 

            Mary Slade wrote, “Beyond this land of toiling, sowing and reaping, Far beyond the shadows darkening this, And far beyond the sighing, moaning and weeping, Lies the summer-land of bliss.” In spite of the way the world may treat God’s people, the promise of what lies beyond this life is enough to sustain the weary pilgrims on their journey. Paul promised that we would be able to overcome the trials and temptations if we would just lean on the Lord and allow Him to lead the way. Paul wrote, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13). Jesus promised that He would be with us all the way (Matthew 28:18-20; Hebrews 13:5).

 

            In the final stanza and chorus of her hymn Mary Slade wrote, “Beyond this land of waiting, seeking and sighing, Far beyond the sorrows darkening this, And far beyond the pain and sickness and dying Lies the summer-land of bliss. Land beyond so fair and bright! Land beyond where is no night! Summer-land, God is its Light, O happy summer-land of bliss!” Jesus offers to all of mankind such a place as this. John wrote that it would be a land of plenty where there would be no tears shed. He stated, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Revelation 21:1-3). Wouldn’t you love to have a place in that heavenly home? 

 

            Many will allow the pleasures and troubles of this life to turn them away from God. They blame God for the bad things and fail to thank Him for all the good that He has done. It would be well with them if they would memorize and apply the message of the psalmist as seen in Psalms chapters 1, 4, and 23 to their lives. We should all remember the words written by James when he stated, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

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