The Triumph Of Christianity Over Paganism by Gustave Doré via Wikimedia Commons
Now Lord, we know that we didn’t come here to stay always.
We know this earth is not our home.
We’re just pilgrims making our way through this waste howling wilderness.
One day soon and very soon you’re going to send your angel
to fetch us up one by one.
You promised us that if we’d be faithful,
you’d have a crown waiting for us.
I want my crown.
I want to be in that number that John saw,
coming from the north, south, east and west –
that number that no man can number.
We don’t mind dying Lord;
if this earthly tabernacle shall dissolve,
Paul said we got another building not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens.
I want to be in that number!
I want to go to that land where Job said
the wicked shall cease from troubling and
the weary shall be at rest.
Every day will be Sunday;
no more good-byes, just howdy, howdy.
I want to be in that number.
I want to see the Blessed Lamb upon the throne.
We’ll sing in the heavenly choir:
All hail the power of Jesus name
Let angels prostrate fall
Bring forth the royal diadem
And crown Him, crown Him
Crown Him, Lord of all.
Oh, I want to be in that number.
I want to hear your welcome voice say, “Well done.”
Grant unto us a resting place in your kingdom
and we’ll give you honor, praise and glory
throughout ceaseless ages. Amen. Amen.
Wyatt Tee Walker, 1929-2018, African-American pastor and civil rights leader
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again
to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you