Glorified – The Joy To Come

“I knelt to drink, And knew that I was on the brink Of endless joy.”

I receive email notifications from a few blogs. One of them is from a father of a special needs child.  I don’t read all the emails or the posts but there was something about this one particular post that caught my eye.

Whenever I hear a preacher referencing our glorified bodies I usually tear up as I think about our son David who is in a wheelchair due to his Dystonia. He has also lost his ability to speak and pretty much do anything.

So, imagining David with his glorified body running and praising God is just too wonderful to take in. That is why this particular post I read from the special needs father really struck a chord. He quoted part of a poem by John Piper called Glorified.

For our purposes though I’m only going to include a portion of the poem. Click on the link above to read the whole poem.

I know this will bless you!

And as I knelt beside the brook
To drink eternal life, I took
A glance across the golden grass,
And saw my dog, old Blackie, fast
As she could come. She leaped the stream-
Almost-and what a happy gleam
Was in her eye.
I knelt to drink,
And knew that I was on the brink
Of endless joy.

And everywhere
I turned I saw a wonder there.
A big man running on the lawn:
That’s old John Younge with both legs on.
And there’s old Beryl, and Arnold too,
Still holding hands beneath the blue
And crystal sky: No stoop, they stand
Erect. No tremor in their hand.
The blind can see a bird on wing,
The dumb can lift his voice and sing.
The diabetic eats at will,
The coronary runs uphill.
The lame can walk, the deaf can hear,
The cancer-ridden bone is clear.
Arthritic joints are lithe and free,
And every pain has ceased to be.
And every sorrow deep within,
And every trace of lingering sin
Is gone. And all that’s left is joy,
And endless ages to employ
The mind and heart to understand
And love the sovereign Lord who planned
That it should take eternity
To lavish all his grace on me.

Glorified by John Piper, December 22, 1985

The day of the Lord will be a glorious day! No more sickness and no more sin. For those who love Him it will truly be a glorious day!









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One Response to Glorified – The Joy To Come

  1. Amy Bovaird says:

    I loved the excerpt of the poem you posted. It was beautiful! And the title too!
    What beauty! We just lost my sister this past January with leukemia. Her bones were all broken and she was in great pain for months. So reading how the “cancer ridden bone is clear” spoke to me especially. I wish you had known my sister. She was such a joyful person! She had a quiet joy, and a beautiful smile. We miss her so!
    God bless you and your son, David. I like his smile, too.

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