“Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to the world?” A great Shadow has departed,” said Gandalf, and then he laughed and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and as he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count.” J.R.R. Tolkien
Everything that is broken
Everything that is scarred
Everyone who has been wounded
All that has been marred
It will all be undone. It will all be undone.
Every tear-stained cheek of a child
Every sore on waylaid feet
Every time fights destroyed the family
Every wakeful night of sleep
It will all vanish. It will all vanish.
Every broken heart of anguish
Every sorrowful goodbye
Every splintered bone and sick man
Every dark cloud in the sky
It will all be made right. It will all be made right.
Every peace treaty gone bad
Every stray bullet that pierced the lowly
Every aborted child’s future
All that is dead and unholy
It will all be restored. It will all be restored.
Every funeral that was too soon
Every minister’s cry for his people
All threats of nuclear doom
It will all be done. It will all be done.
Every celestial disturbance on the earth
Every hurricane, tornado, mudslide
Every shot of heroin and cocaine
Every lingering sense of sin that abides
It will all die forever. It will all die forever.
Every hope dashed against the rocks
Every promise that was broke
Every unfulfilled desire that lingers
Every cruel fist and stroke
It will all be banished. It will all be banished.
Every animus cancer cell
Everything that robbed you of your heaven
All that led to the pits of hell
It will all cease to reign. It will all cease to reign.
Every callous word spoken
Every attitude gone wrong
Everything that diminishes man and woman
Every bad portrait, video, and song
It will all be forgotten. It will all be forgotten.
Every philosophy that leads to death
Every religion that damns and ensnares
Every method that fails to work
Everything that leaves humanity bare
It will all lose its shine. It will all lose its shine.
Every problem that split the body of Christ asunder
Every controversy that led to dishonor
Every time of perilous, peaceless thunder
It will never be again. It will never be again.
Everything that was stolen
Every time we did not truly live
Every opportunity we wasted
Every moment we took and did not give
It will all be resurrected. It will all be resurrected.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Rev. 21:4)”