“We Shall Meet Some Day”

"WE SHALL MEET SOME DAY"
"There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God…" (Ps. 46.4)

     INTRO.: A song which points us to that river which shall make glad the city of God is "We Shall Meet Someday." The text was written and the tune was composed both by Tillit Sidney Teddlie (1885-1987). Teddlie was undoubtedly one of the most prolific and beloved songwriters associated with churches of Christ in the twentieth century. Among his best-known hymns are "Worthy Art Thou," a hymn of praise, "The Lord’s Supper," a much-used communion song, and the comforting "Heaven Holds All To Me." I have not been able to find a date for "We Shall Meet Some Day." All that the older books which I have say is, "Written in memory of my beloved friend, F. L. Eiland. By per. of T. S. Teddlie, owner." At one time, the copyright to the song was owned by R. E. Winsett.

     Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, appeared, as one might imagine, in the 1938 Spiritual Melodies, the 1943 Standard Gospel Songs, and the 1965 Great Christian Hymnal No. 2 all edited by Teddlie; the 1940 Praise and Revival Songs, the 1944 Gospel Songs and Hymns, and the 1952 Hymns of Praise and Devotion all edited by Will Slater; the 1959 Majestic Hymnal No. 2 and the 1978 Hymns of Praise both edited by Reuel Lemmons; the 1964 Songs for the Shadows edited by M. Lynwood Smith; and the 1965 Christian Hymnsongs edited by Albert Brumley. Today, it may be found in the 1971 Songs of the Church edited by Alton H. Howard; the 1978/1983 Church Gospel Songs and Hymns edited by V. E. Howard; the 1989 new, enlarged size format of Best Loved Songs and Hymns which had been originally compiled by Winsett’s widow, Ruth Winsett Shelton in 1961 and published by Ellis Crum; the 1999 book of hymns by members of the Lord’s church Into Our Hands: Songs for the Church edited by Leland Fleming; as well as the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.

     This song encourages us to think of the hope that we have in Christ.

I. Stanza 1 contrast the grief experienced in this life with the hope of heaven
"How our hearts ache with grief as we say good-by;
We shall meet some day;
Where no sorrow or tears ever dim the eye,
We shall meet some day."
 A. There are many times on this earth that our hearts ache with grief: 1 Pet. 2.19
 B. One reason for this is that we must say good-by to those who die, which is why death is called an enemy: 1 Cor. 15.26
 C. However, Christians can look forward to a place where no sorrow or tears ever dim the eye: Rev. 21.1-4

II. Stanza 2 reminds us that we all shall experience death
"When we’ve all crossed the stream with its rolling tide,
We shall meet some day;
In that city of rest on the other side,
We shall meet some day."
 A. Unless the Lord comes first, we shall all cross the stream of death with its rolling tide: Heb. 9.27
 B. However, we need not fear it because we know that rest awaits us: Rev. 14.13
 C. And we have the hope of being reunited with those gone before on the other side because we shall all be raised again: 1 Cor. 15.51-55

III. Stanza 3 points us to the place of eternal life
"What a glorious thought, as we say good-by,
We shall meet some day;
In that beautiful home that’s prepared on high,
We shall meet some day."
 A. When we say good-by here, it is not as others who sorrow without hope: 1 Thess. 4.13-18
 B. Rather, we know that there is a beautiful home that awaits us: Rev. 22.1-5
 C. And it has been prepared by the Lord for His people: Matt. 25.34, Jn. 14.1-3

     CONCL.: The chorus repeats the joyful expression of hope that we have in Christ:
"We shall meet where no storm clouds gather,
We shall meet some day;
By the river of life, sparkling cool and clear,
We shall meet some day."
This has always been one of my favorites among Teddlie’s songs. All of us experience the death of loved ones and good friends. When things like this happen, it is true that our hearts ache with grief. But as Christians we have the glorious hope that in heaven "We Shall Meet Some Day."

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