"A Land Where We'll Never Grow Old"

J. D. Conley
April 3, 2016

Eighty-six years ago, James C. Moore wrote these hope filled lyrics, "I have heard of a land on the far away strand, 'Tis a beautiful home of the soul; Built by Jesus on high, were we never shall die, 'Tis a land where we never grow old. Never grow old, Never grow old, In a land where we'll never grow old; Never grow old, never grow old, In a land where we'll never grow old."

Last week while attending the funeral of a friend, Denise and I were reunited with an array of folks we had not seen for over thirty years. Invariably we were asked, "Do you remember me?" Oftentimes their face and voice were familiar but we could not quite place them. Why? Because three decades had passed since last seeing them and they had grown older. I'm sure too that they did not readily recognize us either for the same reason. The years have rolled on and all of us have grown older. Hair has turned gray or turned loose. Steps have slowed, backs are hunched, skin has wrinkled and time has marched on. If God grants us the time, we shall only grow older and feebler.

But how wonderful to know that Moore's lyrics are true and Bible based. Within the pearly portals of Heaven, there will be no aging process. Heaven is in the spiritual realm and will be populated by immortals. By definition, immortals do not age. But not only will the redeemed in Heaven be shielded from the ravages of time, they will also be untouched by death, sorrow, sickness, or pain. The apostle John stated, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:4). If Heaven was only "a land where we'll never grow old," it would be grand enough, yet it is so much more! There will be no sickness there, much less death. Not a single tear, much less crying due to sorrow and pain. God Himself will be the reason none of these things will ever exist again, for He is the One who will "wipe away all tears from [our] eyes."

The passage also states "the former things are passed away." Never again will we have to attend the funeral of a loved one. Never again will a solitary tear stream down our sullen cheek. Never again will we experience pain or sickness. May we do all within our power to gain residence in this land where we'll never grow old!