“My Life Flows On in Endless Song”
Almost two years ago, when my wife, Lynne, was in the final weeks of stage 4 stomach cancer, I went to our church early on Maundy Thursday to select six to eight possible hymns that could be sung at her memorial service. Our daughters would be with us for Easter, and Lynne and our daughters would select which hymns to sing from those I chose. At her memorial service, we sang this hymn, with tears in our eyes—tears of loss and pain but also tears of comfort and hope.
Just as the verses state, we felt peace, presence and hope, even in the midst of our grief and loss. We could really sing and say in confidence that in the peace of Christ all things were ours and we were his. It is possible to sing even when tears roll down our cheeks. We were supported by the prayers of so many people. At her memorial service we were surrounded by family, friends and colleagues who carried us along. With that kind of support and the wonderful presence and promises of God, how could we keep from singing?
Gracious and loving God, thank you for your presence and healing in Jesus that helps us sing even in the time of great loss. Amen.
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