I don't know how they do it, but the guys who write for MercyMe must be looking into my life.
If you are unfamiliar with this Christian band, they have beautiful, soulful lyrics which have touched me deeply on this journey.
When Keith died, we did a slide show for the funeral. The sweet friend who compiled it used two MercyMe songs in the background. These two songs epitomize the way I feel about not only Keith's graduation to Glory but also how I feel about being left here. We think about Heaven and talk about Heaven, but now half of me (often I think the better half of me) is there experiencing it. It takes a lot of the mystery and inevitable fear of the journey not yet taken away from that place for me...and for the boys.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lrrq_opng ( I Can Only Imagine)
As I continued on this journey of widowhood and single parenthood, another MercyMe song deeply touched me. In the busy-ness of my life, I found little time to just be...to be a daughter of the King, blessed and highly favored. The words of this song I have played nearly weekly since it came out to recapture my lost self, my inner beauty, and my joy at being who I am in Christ.
This is not a journey for the faint-at-heart, but it is a journey that, by the awesome and all-encompassing grace of our Lord, is very do-able. I cling to the good that has happened in my life--the joys that have been brought to us by the fact that we have had the opportunity to be cradled in the lap of the Lord and washed by His healing hands as we journey this road. To Him be the glory.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8HgAVenbUU (Bring the Rain)
And even today, may we never fail to help others find the joy we have found. May we help them on their own journeys as well so that they can experience His healing touch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xzaivDbu9c (The Hurt and the Healer)
Amen and amen!