WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN                                               written in 1898

The Story

            Retreats and conferences are often pointed to as mountaintop experiences in one’s spiritual life. Sometimes we come away from such times, saying, “Heaven cannot not be much better than that!” But, of course, it will be. But, that was the opinion Eliza Hewitt and Emily Wilson had at the Ocean Grove Conference Grounds in New Jersey.

Eliza Hewitt (1851-1920) was a Presbyterian and a school teacher. Emily Wilson (1865-1942) was a Methodist and a pastor’s wife. They both lived in Pennsylvania, but they always looked forward to the summer when they would meet together again in Ocean Grove. Women didn’t often get to attend such conferences in those days, and they looked forward to the time of spiritual renewal.

One summer when they got together, Eliza brought along a poem she had written. She thought it would be a good song for their Sunday School to sing. Since Emily was a musician, Eliza asked her to compose the music for it.

We may have mountaintop experiences here on earth, but we still look forward to the time when we will all get to Heaven and see Jesus. “What a day of rejoicing that will be!”

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – imagine what it might be like when we all get to Heaven.

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus; sing His mercy and His grace.
In the mansions bright and blessed He’ll prepare for us a place.

When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!

While we walk the pilgrim pathway, clouds will overspread the sky;
but when traveling days are over, not a shadow, not a sigh.  (Refrain)

Let us then be true and faithful, trusting, serving every day;
just one glimpse of Him in glory will the toils of life repay.  (Refrain)

Onward to the prize before us!  Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
soon the pearly gates will open; we shall tread the streets of gold.  (Refrain)


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