11 April 2016

I is for If We Never Meet Again

This video shows a recording session that happened three weeks before Hovie Lister died. This is his final recording. Hovie was the founder of The Statesmen Quartet back in 1948.

When he turns to the camera (time stamp approximately 1:26) and repeats the phrase, "If we never meet again here, then I'll meet ya on that beautiful shore", it gives me chills. It is like he is looking across time and distance and talking directly to me personally. I think it is awesome that one day I *will* meet Hovie and Denver, Big Chief, Doy, Jake, Rosie, Jackson, and all those great gospel singers in a place where there is no more suffering, no more tears, and more love than I could ever imagine.

Like Hovie says…what a promise!

If We Never Meet Again


  1. Suzanne, I remember this old gospel hymn and I love the promise the lyrics hold. It'll be interesting to meet those we never met in this life and those we will see again on the other side. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful song today.

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: Ivory Soap #AprilA2Z

    1. You're welcome and thank you, too, Cathy, for commenting here. I am glad that you enjoyed the song.

      I agree. Who is someone that you never met that you would like to meet?

      One person that I never got to meet that I would love to is my great-grandmother Annie, whom this blog is named for. My daddy loved his grandma so very much. She died 5 years before I was born. She's one person that I miss, though I never knew her. I guess that seems weird to most people. :)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. I am glad that you stopped by for a visit here. :)

  3. What a wonderful gospel hymn and a special presentation. My mother always liked this song. I remember singing it in church. Thanks for your daily comments. I look forward to seeing your AtoZ posts.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

    1. You're welcome and thank you, too, Sue, for stopping by here and commenting. I look forward to your posts, too.

      I think it is a beautiful song, too. It is bittersweet as well knowing that Hovie passed away so soon after the recording. Don't you know that there's got to be one mega grand all-night sing going on up there in Heaven with all these guys there? :)

  4. J here, of the #atozchallenge Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team. Thanks for stopping by Arlee's blog to comment on my Manhattan story.
    How was the first week of the challenge for you? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs?
    My blog's giveaways are still going!
    That is freaky cool! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, J, and you're welcome. I am following you on Twitter now and trying to figure out how to follow your blog. Once I get that figured out, I'll be following you there. :)

      I have enjoyed the first week of the challenge. Yes, I'm meeting my goals of posting. For the first few days, I commented on 5 blogs a day. Now, I'm commenting on 9 a day. That number will likely increase as the challenge goes on.

      How about for you? Are you meeting your goals?

      Have a blessed night!

  5. What a beautiful, incomparable experience awaits us! They have that song, "I Can Only Imagine" but I can't imagine. It's beyond what I can comprehend. But as I have said elsewhere, my Lord and Savior will be there and that's all I need to know!
    Revisit the Tender Years with me during the #AtoZChallenge at Life & Faith in Caneyhead!

    1. Amen! What a reunion that is going to be! Our Heavenly Father, our earthly fathers, and all those other loved ones...family, friends. It will be a beautiful morning.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day. :)


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