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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

At the Water with “Arise, young men, arise!” and We are waiting by the river

“Arise, young men, arise!”
Thy Saviour’s loving voice
Now bids thee lift thine eyes,
And in His life rejoice;
He raised the sleeping dead,
And made it grand to live;
For thee His blood was shed,
All help His arm will give.

Arise! for death is nigh,
Life’s day is all too brief;
Like light its moments fly,
Its gladness and its grief;
Arise, and take thy part,
In God’s tremendous fight;
To arms! stir up thy heart,
Go forth in heaven’s great might.

Arise from dreams of fame,
From sensual slumber rise;
Keep spotless Christ’s dear name,
Thy wealth seek in the skies;
The noblest works await
Thine aid with high reward,
And, crowned at glory’s gate,
Thou’lt meet thy risen Lord.
                             Rev. J. H. Edwards
We are waiting by the river.
  We are watching by the shore,
Only waiting for the boatman.
  Soon He’ll come to bear us o’er.

Though the mist hang o’er the river,
  And its billows loudly roar,
Yet we hear the song of angels,
  Wafted from the other shore.

And the bright celestial city,-
  We have caught such radiant gleams
Of its towers like dazzling sunlight,
  With its sweet and peaceful streams.

He has called for many a loved one.
  We have seen them leave our side;
With our Saviour we shall meet them
  When we too, have crossed the tide.

When we’ve passed the vale of shadows,
  With its dark and chilling tide,
In that bright and glorious city
  We shall evermore abide.

Miss Mary P. Griffin

II Ki 2:6-11
6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray
thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to
Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth,
and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.
And they two went on.
7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets
went, and stood to view afar off: and they
two stood by Jordan.
8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped
it together, and smote the waters, and they
were divided hither and thither, so that they
two went over on dry ground.
9 And it came to pass, when they were
gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask
what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away
from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a
double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing:
nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken
from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not,
it shall not be so.
11 And it came to pass, as they still went on,
and talked, that, behold, there appeared a
chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted
them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a
whirlwind into heaven.

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