Thursday, March 22, 2012

Magical Moment 615, "Sweet Beulah Land"


I can't believe it was just a few short weeks ago that my thoughts drifted towards a close family friend, Pastor Brooks, and I felt prodded to write about him and share his influence on my life with all of you in this post:
Today, he has passed away. Only his legacy remains on earth, while he is celebrating in Heaven with his dear wife. When I heard the news this morning, I went straight to the piano, opened the dusty, rarely used hymnal on my shelf, and opened it to page 775, "Sweet Beulah Land." 

I decided to record it on my computer. It's nearly 6 pm, and I haven't stopped to eat. I just wanted to play this for him. Tears of sadness are mixed with tears of joy as I think of him and his true love together again. He missed her so much and I know in my heart, he was ready to go. I can hear him singing this song. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Press play to hear my recording of "Sweet Beulah Land" in honor of Pastor Brooks:

"Sweet Beulah Land" 
E. Parsons

Verse 1:
I'm kind of homesick for a country
To which I've never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
for time won't matter anymore.

Chorus:
Beulah Land, I'm longing for you
and some day on thee I'll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah Land -- Sweet Beulah Land

Verse 2:
I'm looking now across the river
where my faith will end in sight.
There's just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.

Verse 3:
I see the lights, I hear the singing; 
A brand new song of joy divine. 
My soul rejoices just in knowing 
that soon these pleasures will be mine.

19 comments:

Robin said...

A beautiful homage to someone who clearly touched many people's lives. Wonderful that we do have eternity to look forward to.

Linda said...

Absolutely lovely, Elizabeth. This is a favorite of mine, too. Keep the dust blown off that hymnal. You have a gift.

DJan said...

I am holding you in my heart and sending you love. Peace and happiness, too. Oh, and hugs.

TexWisGirl said...

i am sorry, dear elizabeth, for your pain. but if he was missing his love, then they are truly together once again... :)

Steve Gravano said...

A beautiful tribute for a couple that have touched so many. You have continued their message with your song.

Hilary said...

Elizabeth and Eddie, I'm so sorry for your loss. That's a lovely tribute. Hugs to you.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

oooooh! gee....

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I always love your performance :) thanks for posting that!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I love this tribute to a saintly man...Beulah Land touches me, beautiful

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is such a beautiful song...I've never heard it before.
I can envision the reunion between the two of them; a celebration for sure.
thoughts and prayers to his family and to you...you are a very sweet friend.
xo

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is such a beautiful song...I've never heard it before.
I can envision the reunion between the two of them; a celebration for sure.
thoughts and prayers to his family and to you...you are a very sweet friend.
xo

Leonora said...

Absolutely beautiful. I can't imagine a more beautiful tribute to your dear friend.

"Where my faith will end in sight."

I love all the lyrics in this hymn.

Frank Baron said...

Please accept my condolences as well.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Jayne said...

Oh Elizabeth, so sorry to hear this news-we know what Pastor Brooks, and his family, meant to you. You've paid him a beautiful tribute here. It's a gorgeous song, rendered beautifully by you. *hugs*

missing moments said...

sorry for your sadness. What a nice tribute.

laughwithusblog said...

He is much loved and will certainly be missed. Beautiful Beth!

Rick said...

Never heard this wonderful song before but you sang it beautifully and the words are so fitting. As our pastor would say, "Pastor Brooks has been born to the church triumphant".

And time won't matter for him anymore.

That Janie Girl said...

Beautiful tribute….beautiful man. Beautiful song.