G.K. Chesterton — 'There is no way in which a man can earn a star or deserve a sunset.'
On my way from Tulare to Visalia, while making visits this week I stopped along the side of the road to admire these majestic oaks. The timing was perfect and I watched The Lord paint another masterpiece across the skies. All the way home I whistled the tune of Beyond The Sunset. When I got home that night I looked the lyric up and fell in love with the story behind the hymn.
On a summer evening in 1936 Virgil and Blanch Brock attended dinner at a friends home in Indiana. After having enjoyed an amazing sunset over Winona Lake the group talked about the sunset, how the sky turned orange and the reflection on the water made the lake look like it was on fire. Virgil's cousin, Horace Burr, was at the table that night listening to everyone speak of the splendor they had all witnessed. Horace, who had been blind since birth and never had the opportunity to see a sunset for himself, exclaimed with excitement, "That is the most amazing sunset I have ever seen!".
Virgil asked him what he meant by that, since he knew that Horace was blind. Horace responded saying, "I see through other people's eyes, and I think I often see more - I see beyond the sunset.".
Later that night Virgil and Blanch, moved by Horace's words sat down together and penned the lyric and music to the hymn we now know as Beyond The Sunset.
Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning.
When with our Saviour heaven's begun.
Earth's toiling ended, O glorious dawning
Beyond the sunset when day is done.
Beyond the sunset, no clouds will gather.
No storms will threaten, no fears annoy.
O day of gladness, O day unending.
Beyond the sunset eternal joy.
Beyond the sunset, a hand will guide me,
To God the Father whom I adore.
His glorious presence, His words of welcome,
Will be my portion on that fair shore.
Beyond the sunset, O glad reunion,
With our dear loved ones who've gone before,
In that fair homeland we'll know no parting.
Beyond the sunset forever more.