Because I Live

Christ said, "Because I live, ye shall live also,"
Amen! Lay hold upon his blessed word,
This is our hope, like stone high, lifted banner
Unfurled against the sky, our hearts have heard
No clearer message and no truer music
Than this assurance from Christ’s own tongue—
Because he lives he says we shall live also,
Forever joyous, forever eternally young.

Forever to advance in greater knowledge,
To fully know the truth that sets us free,
To walk companioned by the living Saviour
Throughout the reaches of eternity.
Oh, what more blessed news could we be hearing
Than these words loosed upon the wings of time?
They lie ahead of us—the hills of heaven,
With him for guide, and with strength to climb.

Grace Hall Crowell
songs of the nightingale