Sacred Music Sunday: In that Great Gettin’up Morning
I was a late teenager on Y2K, and I was a college junior on 9/11. Suffice it to say, my teenage and early adulthood years were full of apocalyptic rhetoric. Most people were expecting the end to be nigh. Many greeted that expectation with fear or dread.
I had a different take on things. The book of Revelation is one of my favorite books of scripture because I see it as a hope-filled discussion of what awaits us. People get stuck on the death and destruction in Act 2 but fail to look to the peace and joy in Act 3.
While I don’t think the Second Coming is imminent (stay tuned for a future post exploring that in more detail), I also don’t think it’s anything to fear. The dead will rise, peace will reign, Jesus will live among us. John the Revelator describes the state of the righteous after Jesus returns:
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.Revelation 7:16-17
A better day awaits us, free from division, free from sin, free from disease and despots, free from hunger and thirst and sadness.
In my high school choir, we sang In that Great Gettin’up Morning, and I think it captures the joyous expectation clearly. It’s upbeat and catchy. No matter what the world is like now, there’s a better day coming.