Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2
Words & Music: A. H. Butler, in Song-Land Messenger No. 2, edited by Anthony J. Showalter (Dallas, Texas & Dalton, Georgia: Showalter-Lincoln Company & A. J. Showalter Company, 1898), number 20 (🔊 pdf nwc).
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Living in the sunshine of the Savior’s love,
Walking in the radiance of that home above,
Looking unto Jesus as we toil and sing
Praises and thanksgiving unto Christ our king!
Living in the sunshine of His love,
Upward to that radiant home above.
As thro’ life we journey on the heav’nly road,
Taking as our guiding star God’s blessèd Word,
When the way is darkest then from Heav’n above
Bursts the cheering sunshine of a Savior’s love!
Thus it will be ever, if we trust in Him,
He will safely lead us thro’ the shadows dim,
Guide our wayward footsteps till the night is past,
And in Heaven’s sunshine we are safe at last.