Is it weird to think about my own funeral?
Is this a question of the day? I was going to make it part of that category but.. #nah.
Sometimes I hear songs and I’m like wow, I want that at my funeral. So I made a list and have it saved in my phone! As of right now, there’s only four. I doubt I need a long list anyway. Four seems almost adequate… but I’m sure someone will go big or go home and have more.
Usually these songs bring tears to my eyes. Because of that, sometimes I can’t listen to them. Like I don’t want to cry all the time. I don’t want to be emotional.
But they hit me. Hard.
Take Home by Chris Tomlin for example. This whole song is so rich with the hope and joy I find when reading about heaven, my eternal home. The chorus says:
where the streets are golden
every chain is broken
Oh, I wanna go, Oh, I wanna go home
where every fear is gone
I’m in Your open arms where I belong
That sure is where I’ll be when my funeral (aka – celebration of life) happens. I’ll be there in spirit. Every time I hear this song come on the radio or over my playlist, I sing along and tears fill my eyes with hope, anticipation, and love for my Father in heaven. I cannot wait to see Him! He who created me and has guided me and has placed opportunities in my path, such as this one. He gives me the freedom to tell the world about Jesus and the Good News in new ways. Going home is a final destination, but I still have a purpose with plenty of life to live here on Earth! (For a Bible reference, I would look at 2 Corinthians 4:18)
I can only imagine by Mercy Me
The typical funeral song, in my opinion, but it brings me to tears “imagining” heaven and seeing Jesus, dropping to my knees and praising him! (For a Bible reference, look at 2 Corinthians 5:8)
I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk, by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When you face is before me
Cry out to Jesus by Third Day
This song is to benefit those attending the celebration. We all know that we should not feel sadness, for our loved ones are in a better place than our Earth. They have achieved eternal peace and there they will stay, waiting on the rest to ascend to heaven! We miss the people only because we miss who they are, their personality and how they may have been there for us at some point, or all through our lives. We regret that we will not make more memories with them or take more family pictures – the kind where there’s always at least one person looking away or has their eyes closed. (For a Bible reference, look at Job 34:28)
To everyone who’s lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
When you said goodbye
Song of My Father by Urban Rescue
Song of My Father also benefits those who are hurting by my passing at this point. Because only God can truly comfort and hold those who have lost. They will be able to call on Him and hear the Song of My Father. His power and peace is louder than anything on Earth, greater than anything we imagine. (Look at Zephaniah 3:17 for a Bible reference)
I hear Your melody
I hear Your symphony
There’s nothing louder than the song of my Father
You can find all of these songs in my playlists via Spotify. I hope you take the time to look these songs up and listen to the lyrics! Tip: have tissues handy.
P.S. I hope reading this post didn’t make you need tissue, you probably weren’t prepared. I doubt it, but you never know… If you’ve ever thought about your own celebration of life, what would you write down to suggest what to play? Drop a comment below!