"THE REALMS OF SOMEWHERE"
"Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory" (Ps. 73:24)
INTRO.: A song which points our minds to the beautiful home that we shall obtain when the Lord receives us to glory is "The Realms of Somewhere." The text was written and the tune was composed both by Addie Louisa McFadden Sharp Albaugh, who was born on Aug. 28, 1908, at Sycamore Valley in Bethel Twp., Monroe Co., OH, the daughter of James Wesley and Mary Evalyn Morrison McFadden. Her father, who lived from 1873 to 1933, was also a hymn writer, and one of his songs "Beautiful Home" appeared in several of the books compiled by S. H. and Flavil Hall and published by F. L. Rowe, editor of the Christian Leader. Addie married Homer Adrian Sharp. In a letter written to me around a year before her death, she told me the following. "In 1932 I composed the song at the age of 24. My father put the notes as I sang it to him. Bro. Flavil Hall wrote the harmony. He was a regular visitor in our home whenever he came to the North to preach. My father was an elder in the church at Bethel in Guernsey Co. area. Bro. Hall would stay with us. I am now 87 years old and appreciate it very much to have my song used."
"The Realms of Somewhere" was published by the Halls as well. After the death of her first husband, Addie married Turlow Willis Albaugh. They lived in Newark, OH, where she died in 1996. My first acquaintance with this song was the result of visiting during gospel meetings during the early 1990s with the church assembling on Cemetary Rd. in Hilliard, OH, where Addie’s nephew, James R. McFadden, was a member and would lead singing. When I was asking him about his grandfather’s song, "Beautiful Home," which was pasted in the back of their songbooks, he also told me about his aunt’s song. I later obtained a copy of the 1927 revised and enlarged edition of The Cross and Resurrection in Song edited by Samuel H. and Flavil Hall which contained the song. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, this is the only one that I know of in which the song appeared. However, if it was written in 1932, it must have been inserted in later editions of the book
The song talks about some of the reasons that make heaven so glorious and motivate us to want to go there.
I. Stanza 1 says that we shall share it with Christ and His saints
"There’s a beautiful home called Heaven That Christ and His saints shall share;
‘Tis a glorious land of beauty, Sweet home in the realms of somewhere."
A. The Bible continually refers to the eternal dwelling place of God and His people as heaven: 1 Pet. 1:3-5
B. One of the things that will make heaven so blessed is that Christ Himself will be there: Rev. 21:22-23
C. But the fact that the saints of all ages will be there will add to the wonder of heaven: 1 Thess. 4:16-17
II. Stanza 2 says that the angels will be there
"O the sunshine of angels’ presence, With pleasures and joys untold!
There we’ll ever be free from sorrow, And Christ and His glory behold."
A. It will also be grand to join with the angels who surround the throne: Rev. 5:11-12
B. Heaven will be a place where we shall ever be free from all sorrow: Rev. 21:4
C. But, again, what will be the best privilege will be to see Christ as He is: 1 Jn. 3:1-2
III. Stanza 3 says that it is a bright haven
"When we anchor in that bright haven, We’ll walk through the street of gold,
And we’ll drink at the crystal fountain With Jesus and martyrs of old."
A. Even now, we can cast our anchor into that bright haven: Heb. 6:18-20
B. Then when we get there, we can walk through the street of gold: Rev. 21:21
C. Also, we can drink at the crystal fountain to which Jesus leads His
people: Rev. 7:17
IV. Stanza 4 says that it is a city of peace and glory
"In that city of peace and glory, Life’s river for aye shall flow;
And life’s tree, in its beauty blooming, Shall banish all sickness and woe."
A. It will be a city of peace because those who are there will be resting from their labors: Rev. 14:13
B. The river of life will be flowing there: Rev. 22:1
C. And the tree of life will be there for the healing of the nations: Rev. 22:2
CONCL.: The chorus reminds us of the blessing of being with Jesus forever.
"Beautiful home in glory, Beautiful home up there–
We’ll live forever with Jesus In the far away realms of somewhere."
As I have said before, through the years, many good brethren have written songs which have been used for a while and then forgotten. This seems to be undoubtedly quite normal because, as time passes by, new songs are written and many older ones naturally fall into disuse. However, it is good from time to time to go back, find out what brethren were singing in times past, and see if we can learn anything from those older songs. It is certainly good to have our minds pointed to "The Realms of Somewhere."