~Because He Lives (1)
the late 1960s, while expecting their third child, Bill and Gloria
Gaither were going through a rather traumatic time in their lives.
was recovering his strength from a bout with mononucleosis. They, along
with thseir church, were the objects of accusation and belittlement.
Gloria was experiencing a time of torment, including fear of the future
and of bringing children into such a crazy, mixed-up world.
Gloria sat alone in a darkened living room, tormented, and fearful, the
Lord sent a calm and peaceful rest to her. The power of the resurrection
of Christ seemed to affirm itself in their lives once again. Gloria
remembers the realization that it was LIFE conquering death in the
regularity of my day. The joy seemed to overcome and take precedent over
frightening human circumstances.
the song Because He Lives came out of their personal bout with
(1) God sent His Son,
they called Him Jesus,
He came to love,
heal, and forgive;
He lived and died
to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove
(2) Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives All fear is gone;
because I know
He holds the future.
And life is worth the living just
because He lives.
(3) How sweet to hold
a newborn baby,
And feel the pride,
and joy He gives;
but greater still
the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days
because He lives.
(4) And then one day
I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and
I'll know he lives.
of Because He Lives (2)
a wife and a mother. It was in the middle of the upheaval in the sixties
that we were expecting our third baby. The drug culture was in full
swing, existential thought had obviously saturated every area of our
American thought, the cities were seething with racial tension, and the
God-is-dead pronouncement had giggled its way all through our
the personal front, Bill and I were going through one of the most
difficult times in our lives. Bill had been discouraged and physically
exhausted by a bout with mononucleosis, and in that weakened condition
had little reserve to fight the psychological battle brought on by some
external family problems. Someone whom we had cared about a great deal
had hurled some accusations at us and at the Fellowship of Believers and
at the whole idea of the existence of God.
was on New Yearís Eve that I sat alone in the darkness and quiet of
our living room, thinking about the world and our country and Billís
discouragement and the family problemsóand about our baby yet unborn.
Who in their right mind would bring a child into a world like this? I
thought, The world is so evil. Influences beyond our control are so
strong. What will happen to this child?
canít quite explain what happened at that moment, but suddenly I felt
released from it all. The panic that had begun to build inside was
gently dispelled by a reassuring presence that engulfed my life and drew
the fear left and the joy began to return. I knew I could have that baby
and face the future with optimism and trust. It was the Resurrection
affirming itself in our lives once again. It was LIFE conquering death
in the regularity of my day.