This song was written by Michael Sykes and Suzanne Jennings, and was recorded by the Gaither Vocal Band (GVB)… included on their album, Everything Good.
Winner of more than a dozen GMA Dove Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, Michael Sykes is a musician, songwriter, singer and producer.
Suzanne Jennings is a Gospel songwriter, and the daughter of Bill & Gloria Gaither; she has many songs to her credit.
The Gaither Vocal Band is an American southern gospel vocal group, named after its founder and leader Bill Gaither. Although the group started out recording contemporary Christian music in the 1980s, it became known for Southern Gospel after the popularity of the Gaither Homecoming videos.
The band has released 29 albums (not including compilations), at least 19 of which have charted. The band has also released 10 DVDs, which feature many other Christian artists, too. The Gaither Vocal Band has been honored with two Grammys and 17 Dove Awards.
The lineup of the band changes often, with artists leaving to work on solo careers, and new and old ones coming to replace them. The group roster who sang this song consisted of David Phelps – tenor; Guy Penrod – lead; Russ Taff – baritone; and Bill Gaither – bass.
This song reminisces about loved ones who have gone on in death. It speaks of the sadness of loss here, but the joy that awaits at the coming reunion.
Bible Reference… 2Samuel 12:23; John 3:16; 14:1-6; 1Thessalonians 4:13-18
The other day I passed the place you always liked to go,
and I picked up the phone because I thought you’d want to know.
But, I forgot you weren’t there; I miss you on these days
that I’m reminded of your smile and the funny things you’d say.
I miss you most at Christmas; you were like a little kid.
You always loved a good surprise, and, now, I must admit
that I long more for Heaven than I ever did before.
You give me one more reason and each day I want it more.
Knowing we can spend a lifetime reminiscing on the past,
knowing I will see your face again where tender moment last,
it makes me wanna be there… knowing I won’t be alone.
Knowing you’ll be there makes it easy to go Home.
You left a group of fishermen; somehow, You left me, too.
And, though I’ve felt You many times and know You saw me through,
I’ve always longed to feel Your arms and look into Your eyes,
and talk forever – me and You – somewhere in Paradise. (CHORUS)