UNTIL THEN written in 1958
Stuart Hamblen (1908-1989) started as an entertainer when he was radio’s first singing cowboy. For more than 2 decades, his radio programs kept him on top of the West Coast pop charts.
Though he was the son of a traveling Methodist preacher… and the husband of a devout Christian wife, Stuart was boisterous. His world was filled with drinking, cheating, and lying. But, his wife didn’t give up on him. She kept praying that her husband would be saved.
At a Billy Graham crusade, Stuart was saved… and he began to write songs that glorify God. Billy Graham preached Hamblen’s funeral in 1989.
As a growing Christian, Stuart realized he didn’t have the answers to all of life’s questions: Why is there suffering? Why is there so much evil? Why isn’t life easier for a Christian? But Stuart was also content to leave such questions with God. Someday we will understand, but until then…
Read this hymn, and – today – make a list of the things in your life you need to trust God with.
My heart can sing when I pause to remember
a heartache here is but a stepping stone
along a trail that’s winding always upward;
this troubled world is not my final home.
But, until then, my heart will go on singing;
until then with joy I’ll carry on
until the day my eyes behold the city…
until the day God calls me home.
The things of earth will dim and lose their value
if we recall they’re borrowed for a while;
and things of earth that cause the heart to tremble,
remembered there will only bring a smile. (Chorus)
This weary world, with all its toil and struggle,
may take its toll of misery and strife.
The soul of man is like a waiting falcon;
when it’s released, it’s destined for the skies. (Chorus)