~We Shall Behold Him
1981, Dottie Rambo had reached what seemed to be the zenith of her
song-writing career. She and a young lady were traveling to a revival
meeting from their motel. This is her story—
we pulled out of the driveway of the motel it was about sunset. I saw
one of the most beautiful and unusual cloud formations. I have always
loved beautiful cloud formations. I saw colors that I had never seen in
my lifetime. It seemed that the clouds almost took on the form of
angels. The colors were so brilliant and unusual—blues, azures, and
the clouds parted. By this time I was weeping so much that I couldn’t
see to drive. It seemed, as the clouds parted, as if I could see the
Savior coming in the clouds, with trumpets sounding.
said to my young companion, “Patty, you’re going to have to drive. I
can no longer see.”
didn’t know that the Lord was giving me a song. It was being written
in my heart because I had nothing on which to write.
we reached the tent meeting, the Lord had given me the whole song. When
I got there I could play the entire piece on my guitar. Every phrase was
exactly as it should be. Changes were not necessary. It just came like a
The sky shall unfold, preparing His entrance;
The stars will applaud Him with thunders of praise;
The sweet light in His eyes shall enhance those awaiting;
And we shall
behold Him then, face to face.
Sandi Patti recorded “We Shall Behold Him,” and helped make the song
of this song, Sandi Patti was named Vocalist of the Year in 1981.
that same year, Dottie Rambo received Dove Awards as Songwriter of the
Year, and the song itself was named Song of the Year.