I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. John 16:22
In February 2019, Cydney Cooper gave birth to twins while her husband, Skyler, was deployed in Kuwait with the U.S. Army. The babies were premature and spent twelve days in the NICU. One day as Cydney cradled one of the newborns in the hospital room, a nurse entered. Behind her came another pair of footsteps—Skyler’s. The video of the surprise reunion went viral, being viewed more than 2.1 million times.
Think of how wonderful we’ll feel when our footsteps tread heaven’s streets. Whether by death or by the Lord’s sudden return, there’s a great reunion ahead of us. Christ’s victory over sin and death gives us an eternal home, and what a celebration awaits us. Charles Gabriel envisioned this reunion when he wrote the hymn, “O That Will Be Glory”—one of the most popular in its day—that said:
When all my labors and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore
Will through the ages be glory for me.
Friends will be there I have loved long ago; joy like a river around me will flow. Charles Gabriel, hymnist
From Sorrow to Joy (John 16:16–22)