FROM GRIEF TO GLORY
The death of a child often brings about the darkest trial of
faith for parents. They need not feel alone, however, for the list of great
Christians who shared this pain is long: John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, and
John Bunyan are but a few. Gathered here are short accounts of how they and
other believers wept and found comfort in God, as well as their pain,
peace, and hope expressed through eloquent poetry.
The Lord has numbered each of our days. But few parents expect that their
days will be longer than their child's. When a child is buried, parents
also bury the hopes and dreams, the joys and experiences that won't be
James Bruce and his wife walked through the darkest trial of their faith
when their infant son died. They found some comfort in the words of others
who had walked the same path. The list of great men and women of the faith
who shed tears over a departed child is long.
Bruce has gathered together short accounts of how believers like John
Calvin, Charles Spugeon and John Bunyan wept--and yet were comforted by the
Father of mercies. Their pain, peace and hope is also shared through the
beauty and eloquence of their poetry. It is Bruce's prayer that these
accounts and words will help mourning parents journey through the valley of
weeping to the path that leads to glory while considering the work of God.
people are saying about From Grief to Glory
Looking back on the death of my son, I see now the value of trudging
through life's struggles with others who have trod the same path. . .The
comfort they obtained has helped me, and I believe that all who suffer
similar losses may discover these saints to be comrades and find in their
stories comfort and encouragement.
-- THE AUTHOR
There are few joys to match that which a child brings to a
family. And even fewer sorrows that rival the pain of burying a child.
James Bruce and his wife Joni knew that pain when their infant son died.
They found comfort in the words of others who had known similar loss:
fellow Christians such as Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, and John Bunyan,
who also wept and yet were comforted by the Father of mercies.
Their intimate, emotional expressions of pain, peace, and hope and their
prevailing faith are shared throughout these pages in both the short
accounts and the eloquent poetry gathered here. If you or a loved one are
walking through the valley of weeping especially at the loss of a son or
daughter know that you are not alone, and let those who have come before
remind you of your heavenly Father's sovereign grace and the mystery of joy
in the midst of suffering.
To be healed from grief and loss is to be led by God gently and gingerly
along the path of pain others have trod. James Bruce does this so
powerfully and poignantly in his excellent book so full of history and
- Joni Eareckson Tada
Best-selling author and founder of Joni and Friends
I can say, from the perspective of a pastor, that this book has
significant value for ministering to Christians who have lost children. I
have been moved to tears while reading it. The book is useful, among other
reasons, simply in reminding us that so many of God's faithful ministers
have suffered in the same way. - The late James M. Boice
Late pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church
My heart resonates with this book. It instructs and inspires. It
comforts and convicts. The pages pulsate with the wisdom and hope of saints
down through the ages. They comfort us with the comfort they received from
God (2 Corinthians 1:4). This is as it should be. - Susan Hunt
Women in the Church Consultant, Presbyterian Church in America
James W. Bruce III and his wife Joni knew their son John Cameron for only
55 days before his death in 1997. This book is one of the legacies of his
life. The Bruces and their children live in Oklahoma City, where James
works in a family-owned business and serves as an elder at Grace Bible Church. His wife is executive
director of the Oklahoma
Family Network (formerly the Neonatal Parents Network of Oklahoma), a
nonprofit organization helping families and their children through the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit experience.
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Listen to three special
programs by my good friend Charles Morris of Haven Ministries about the death
of his son from a drug overdose: Grief to Glory Part I, Grief to Glory Part II, Grief to Glory Part III.
(Courtesy of Haven Ministries).
Listen to the Radio Interview about From Grief to Glory
with James W. Bruce and radio host Ted Elm of WWJC Radio, Duluth, MN
(Interview courtesy of WWJC Radio, Duluth, MN).
in the Arms of God: Truth from Heaven about the Death of a Child
by John MacArthur.
a Life: How We Found Courage
When Death Rescued Our Son by Charles and Janet Morris.
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by the Author:
I recorded many
of these songs over the past few years with my brother, John (the real
musician in the family) in his home studio, the rest I recorded in my home.
Except for Vows to Glory,
which is for my beloved wife, Joni, and Songs
in the Basement (about me and my brother), these songs mostly
deal with the experience of burying a child or are intended to comfort
grieving parents. This is particularly true of From Grief to Glory, which is an
intensely personal song about the death of my son, John Cameron. Heaven At Last is a
song about what I think John Cameron might say to us from his heavenly
home. A few of the songs are old hymns set to new music (God Our Hope In Ages Past,
Jesus Loves Me,
Around the Throne of God
In Heaven and Psalm
23). Some of the songs are drawn from poetical works in my book
(such as My Angel
which was inspired by a poem of Hetty
Wesley and Little Boy
Blue by Eugene Field).
I think that music can
touch the soul very deeply, perhaps in ways the written word might not. So,
as Paul said (Col. 3:16), Let
the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one
another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with
thankfulness in your hearts to God.
The recordings are
definitely not professional – but, if nothing else, they are from the
With prayers for God's
richest blessings and comfort,
All songs are copyright
2005, James W. Bruce, except for Will
You Walk With Me and My
Angel, copyright John C. Bruce and James W. Bruce. Songs may be
downloaded for personal use, but may not be sold.
- Vows to Glory (Joni's Song) (MP3 Format)
- Will You Walk with Me (MP3 Format)
- From Grief to Glory (MP3 Format)
- My Angel (MP3 Format)
- Here I am (MP3 Format)
- God Our Hope (MP3 Format)
- Our Little Boy Blue (MP3 Format)
- Jesus Loves Me (MP3 Format)
- Around the Throne of God (MP3 Format)
- On the Immortal Shore (MP3 Format)
- Psalm 23 (MP3 Format)
- Whatever God Ordains is Right (MP3 Format)
- Heaven at Last (MP3 Format)
- Songs in the Basement (for John) (MP3 Format)
- My Angel (John Bruce, Lead Vocal)
I would like to give
special thanks to my brother for his help and inspiration in this project
-- you're the best! I have included a version of My Angel (which I think
is far better than mine, and has just a hint of Dylan in his voice). For
more music by John Bruce, check out his work as part of the The Sparrows.
is a selection of one his songs - Angel*
(The musical inspiration for My
Sparrows, copyright 2002, John Bruce (ASCAP)
Copyright, 2002-2008, James
W. Bruce, III. All rights reserved.