Robert Lowry’s songs have appealed to singers far beyond the church house walls. A few of his compositions include “Where My Wandering Boy Tonight,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” and “Nothing But the Blood.” Lowry’s inspiration to write “Shall We Gather at the River?” occurred in the hot summer of 1864 while he was a Baptist minister in Brooklyn, New York. When an epidemic claimed countless lives. Lowry assured many of the living that they would meet their loved ones “at the river of life that flowed by the throne of God.” He composed this song while seated at the organ one afternoon.
Please enjoy this soothing version of the sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: