“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” was written in the 18th century by Samuel Medley, a Baptist minister. I grew up attending a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, and this hymn was a staple on Easter Sunday.
But it became most meaningful when the congregation sang it at the funeral of its pastor.
I was in fifth grade, and I initially thought it strange to sing such a joyful hymn at a funeral. But the pastor had chosen it for his funeral, probably because of the lines I featured on our church sign (to be clear, it used to be a church sign; now it’s a former church sign outside my house). The pastor considered his funeral to be a joyful occasion, not a sad one.
I reached into the archive to find this Happy Easter reference for you today. Happy Easter! I chose the mansion reference during reconstruction for obvious reasons, but perhaps during the chaos of a pandemic, the following verse is better:
He lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives all blessings to impart.