I am only going to post one time this week, mainly because this past week has been a whirlwind and I am still trying to catch-up with everything. My family spent the weekend in Michigan singing with college friends, more on that to come. Monday was my birthday and thank you to all those who took the time to wish me a happy birthday. I always feel guilty on my birthday for not responding to daily Facebook alerts I receive telling me whose birthday it is today. Also, My sister and her five boys came to visit this week during their spring break. I haven’t seen my sister since 2013 and I haven’t ever spent quality time with my nephews, so we are having a good time. So, I’ll post one and get back to having fun with the kids.
This weekend, like every time I sing, I feel connected to God. I know some of you don’t sing or can’t sing, but think about that one thing you can rely on to connect. For me, it is singing. I connect to God, to people, and I remember my story through the songs that bring back memories and the people with whom I have shared those memories. As a chorus member, we would close every concert with the same song. So, for four years I sang the same song as a member of the Rochester College chorus. You would think I would be tired of that song, but quite the opposite. You see, when I am singing “Go Ye Now in Peace” I am in the midst of the people I love. I am a part of the whole of that song, and I can never get through the first line without welling up inside…and crying like a baby. Here are the lyrics to the song:
Go ye now in peace and know that the love of God will guide you.
Feel his presence here beside you, showing you the way.
In your time of trouble when hurt and despair are there to grieve you,
Know that the Lord will never leave you, He will bring you courage.
Know that the God who sent His Son to die that you might live,
Will never leave you lost and alone in His beloved world.
Go ye now in peace.
Go ye now in peace.
Go ye now in peace.
The song is by Joyce Elaine Eilers, and so I want to give her the proper credit. When I sing this song now, there are some friends missing because they are no longer with us in the journey of life. I have a friend who suffered the loss on her father at the hands of violence…and it was unfair to that family to have to go through that. I have another friend who lost his sister and we still don’t know all the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Not that knowing would make her absence hurt less. Life rolls on, kids are born. Some of us have more kids than expected, some have lost babies and suffered miscarriages, some have had some surprises. Life tends to throw the kitchen sink at us at times. I think that is why I’m glad to cry through this song when I depart this wonderful people. I won’t be there, but God will. I won’t know the words to say, but God knows how to speak to the heart. I will leave feeling awkward and leave many things unsaid, but God put His everything on the table for us. And through the ups and downs of life, God never leaves us lost and alone in His beloved world.
Therefore, you may want to search for this song on the internet and listen to it a few times this week. Yo may want to read the lyrics and remind yourself of the Lord’s presence. I will once again get lost in the busyness of life and wait for the next time I am surrounded by folks I love with everything I am, and I get to cry through another attempt at singing this song. And the thing is…this happens to me in worship all of the time. It happens at GracePointe, when I’m visiting White Station, and even on Sunday morning at Rochester (By the way—Adam Hill just flat out can preach…) Worship slows down life, and allows me to connect to God and His people I love. What a great weekend worshipping and remembering…I hope you worship, remember, and connect!
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