I’ve been to a lot of funerals. Friends, family, associates, some expected, many unexpected. I rarely remember words that are spoken at these events, but I often remember the music. Songs that will forever connect me to the emotion, the space, the faces. About a year ago, a young girl in our neighborhood died in a car wreck. When young people die, it seems the heartache is deeper than normal and the reach of that heartache goes farther. I remember the memorial service vividly. The church was full, overflowing. People were sitting on the floor, on window sills, outside the doors, anywhere within proximity. They just wanted to be included.  To hurt together. To be together.  We sang the Chris Tomlin song “Good, Good Father” written by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown.  It was as if a tidal wave engulfed us, washing over us in a heaven meets earth collision.  We sang our hearts out. We sang our heartache out. Everyone.  The believer and the unbeliever.  We didn’t care if we were off key. We didn’t care if we didn’t look cool. We didn’t care if the person next to us heard us or thought we were weird. We just sang. And we cried as we sang. At one point, I stopped to listen. Several thousand, hurting people singing out their pain, hope, doubt, sorrow, and joy.  There is no other sound like that.  It’s intoxicating and overwhelming.

This morning, over a year later, I heard “Good, Good Father” and was immediately transported to the moment we said goodbye to a young lady with a big life in front of her.  And another tidal wave engulfed me. 

 

GOOD, GOOD FATHER by Pat Barrett & Tony Brown

I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you're like
But I've heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you're pleased
And that I'm never alone

You're a good good father
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am

I've seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we're all searching
For answers only you provide
'Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word

You're a good good father
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am

Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You are…

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