This black spiritual song was mentioned in a novel I’m currently reading. I had never heard it, so I decided to look it up. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything about the history or origins, but I enjoyed listening to it, and hope you will too. We all have times when we feel as if we are sinking under overwhelming situations or responsibilities, and we need to remember that God is with us to keep us safe.
“Blessed are they who do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” -Revelation 22:14
The origins of this black spiritual are unclear, but it was popularized when Louis Armstrong recorded it in 1938. In the New Orleans tradition of a “jazz funeral” it is often used as a dirge to accompany the casket to the grave. Our month on saints would not be complete without giving it a listen. Imagine yourself entering God’s heavenly kingdom as one of company of saints! Don’t you want to be in that number?