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Singing Songs About Heaven

Words and Music by James Achilles (ASCAP)

The worship times at Joni and Friends Family Retreat—the disability ministry that originally brought the Dads together—are something to experience. They are loud and boisterous and nothing like normal church. The participants never have to worry about how they sound or look. Everyone is accepted, and everyone is encouraged to join in. Can’t sing? No problem. We’ll hand you a tambourine or drum. Immobile? We’ll push you around the perimeter of the seats so you can wave a streamer as you contribute to the music with your voice in whatever way you can.

 

Our second time at Family Retreat stands out in my memory. The weight of our daughter’s condition was heavy on our hearts as we took our seats for the worship time. But God began to minister His comfort to us from the first notes we started to sing. We were hearing songs that focused on our future with Jesus—songs about heaven. Here was a whole crew of people who held no expectations for healing in this life, yet all were rejoicing in the life that is promised to us in eternity because of Jesus, and there was genuine happiness in the moment. I wish every Christian could have the privilege I had that night, and many nights since, to humbly sit with suffering people and listen to them recount the promises of God with earnest longing to be home with Jesus. That display of faith and confidence in Him prompted the writing of this song.

 

 

SINGING SONGS ABOUT HEAVEN

Words and Music by James Achilles (ASCAP)

 

Gather ‘round, got a guitar and a crowd,

Gonna make that joyful sound

When all God’s people sing together;

Lots of fun, and a taste of what’s to come

When this life is fin’ly done,

We gather ‘round His throne forever.

And all the redeemed will sing the praises of the King!

 

Chorus::

No better way to beat the blues

than making a joyful noise or two

With some catchy tunes – how can you refuse?

Settin’ our minds on things above

Is giving us joy and strength enough

To be making it through all the earthly stuff;

What a wonderful way to learn that lesson…

Singing songs about heaven.

 

Gather ‘round, set that crutch against the wall

Bring the wheelchairs one and all

Go lead the blind and bring the broken;

Fill the hall with the crippled and the lame,

Let them sing about His name

And worship Him in true devotion;

And let them fully own the day

They stand before the throne!

Chorus::

No better way to beat the blues

than making a joyful noise or two

With some snappy tunes – how can you refuse?

Settin’ our minds on things above

Is giving us joy and strength enough

To be making it through all the earthly stuff;

What a wonderful way to learn that lesson…

Singing songs about heaven.

 

Songs about faith, so we trust Him all the way;

Songs about hope, and His coming on that day,

Songs about love, we can’t wait to see His face

And fin’ly, fin’ly get to where we’re headin’.

Chorus::

No better way to beat the blues

than making a joyful noise or two

With some catchy tunes – how can you refuse?

Settin’ our minds on things above

Is giving us joy and strength enough

To be making it through all the earthly stuff;

What a wonderful way to learn that lesson,

What a perfect other-world obsession,

We just can’t wait for that heavenly jam session,

What a wonderful way to learn that lesson…

We’re singing songs about heaven.

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