WHAT TO SING AT MY FUNERAL

No, I’m not sick or even a bit queasy, it’s just that a friend of mine and I got into an off-beat conversation about what songs we would like sung at our funerals, (again, not that I expect one anytime soon)! So I thought about it a little and know of two that will make the cut. The first one is an old the classic “I Need Thee Every Hour”. I particularly like the one by Fernando Ortega:

The words were written by Annie Hawks (1835 – 1918). After writ­ing the lyr­ics, she gave them to her pas­tor, Ro­bert Low­ry, who add­ed the tune and re­frain…Some years lat­er, af­ter the death of her hus­band, Hawks wrote:

“I did not un­der­stand at first why this hymn had touched the great throb­bing heart of hu­man­i­ty. It was not un­til long af­ter, when the sha­dow fell over my way, the sha­dow of a great loss, that I un­der­stood some­thing of the com­fort­ing pow­er in the words which I had been per­mit­ted to give out to others in my hour of sweet se­ren­i­ty and peace.” (taken from Bible Study Charts).

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

Refrain

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

Refrain

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

Refrain

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

Refrain

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.

It is a wonderful acknowledgment that every day we live, every challenge before us and every breath we take depends on God. Every mercy in every hour is of Him.

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 The second song is more contemporary. It is “Glorous Day” by Casting Crowns. Maybe you’ve heard it?

Just an excerpt:

 One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my beloved one bringing
My Savior Jesus is mine

Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
Glorious day, oh, glorious day

 

I think the reason I love this song so much is that it brings me to contemplate the day when Christ will come back. I think that reading of Christ’s return and imagining the scene as it is described in the Bible is one thing, (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18), but to realize that this scene will actually play out in real life and that we will all be there blows my mind. There will be no more trouble, no more tears, no more worries. Everything will pale in light of His return. It will be a glorious day!

Maybe you don’t have to think about your own funeral to share a song that  best describes your faith and journey in this life. What songs would you pick and why?

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5 thoughts on “WHAT TO SING AT MY FUNERAL

  1. I am reminded of two of the essential truths of Christianity – that of dependence on God through Christ, and anticipation of our dear Lord’s return in glory. What a wonderful and joyous reminder to us as Christians. Thank you Margo.

  2. I just have to reply again. Thank you for sharing your heart, and that people actually contemplate death from time to time, which we should do as well. Thank you.

  3. As someone who grew up above a funeral home (Just call me Veda from My Girl…) I 100% appreciate this post! I love both of these songs. I personally would want “Abide with Me” and “Martyrs Hymn” by Todd Agnew. 🙂

    • Thank you, Emily. I’ve heard lots of good songs sung at funerals and they seem to glorify God and comfort so well at such a time. I’ll check out those songs…thanks so much for sharing!

  4. There’s a CD in my undies drawer of Big Daddy Weave singing “Changing Neighborhoods.” The chorus says, “And when I say my last farewell, Oh, don’t forget to tell them I’m not really dead; I’m just changing neighborhoods!”

    \o/

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