Friday, November 14, 2008

I'm not trying to be morbid. Really.

We've had an amazing day listening to some incredible men of faith teach on addictions and the redeeming, and wholly cleansing love of Christ. Men like Ed Welch and Mark Driscoll have addressed various topics through the lens of the unchanging, all sufficient, Word of God. It has been a refreshing and challenging day for all of us.

I've also realized that being a mother of six children for years has, indeed shortened my attention span and caused the part of my brain responsible for remembering names and vocabulary to atrophe.

To cover up my waning intellect, I have practiced throwing out some simple phrases in conversation to help me fit in among all the theologians and scholars.

Phrase number one: "Presuppositional apologetics". I used it twice at lunch and once in the line for the bathroom. Sweet.

Phrase number two: "Hermaneutical principle." I used that one at dinner. In the same sentence as "Webkinz". Not great, but for sure an A for effort.

Right? Riiiight.

The Getty's are leading worship all weekend and we started the day with this beautiful, beautiful song. I thought it was an old hymn but learned it was indeed written in 2002 by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty. When the time comes for me to meet my Saviour face to face, I want it sung at my funeral.

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

No way Trey's gonna remember that one. And, if someone would please make sure my kids are dressed cute, that would be great, too.


These Three Kings said...

yes! I want that song at mine as well!
SHOOT! I wish I WAS AT THAT CONFERENCE!! My HUB is one of the biggest Mark D. fans! I LOVE WELCH!! I have read just about all his books! dang it girly!

keep storing up those nuggets and share all !
have fun!!
so glad you were able to get away with your boo for such a time as this :)

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

I love that song and also thought it was some old long lost hymn that someone brought back. It shows that there are some people out there today who really can write some solid theological songs.

chrys said...

i agree with you completely. the lyrics are reminiscent of another time. such solid theology and void of fluff. i didn't realize until a few weeks ago that they were penned so recently. townend has some tips on his blog for writing hymns. maybe that can be your next project? :)


Linds said...

The Getty's are AMAZING! They led the worship at Spring Harvest here in the UK last year and the one before, when I was there, and the singing was absolutely wonderful. The Power of the Cross is another favourite, and of course my best one is There is a higher throne. Do you know that one? has snippets of all their songs.

emily said...

hmmmmm, morbid, yes- but better to be prepared. I have told two friends here what I want sung at my funeral too-

Glad you are having fun!

Misty said...

OMGOSH i LOVE that worship song!!! one of my faves we sing at my church. when we get to the part about Jesus rising from the dead it always gets me i want to shout out and clap really loudly in praise! ok so i don't but i usually cry and can't sing for a moment!

Holli said...

I am always telling Andy to cremate me - heck he would put me in the worse outfit ever, non matching shoes:) and I am sure the picture he would have them make me look like would be - horrendous. also that he must marry with in two weeks!- only women can remember certain things like baths, vegetables and coordinating clothes!
haven't thought of songs yet.....

daughter of the King said...

My husband's grandmother had her funeral completely planned by the time she was 60. Every time she saw her family she reminded them of the songs and flowers and who would speak. She lived to 91 but the family was thankful that they didn't have to plan a service. We made fun of her planning until we realized it was her gift to us. Keep planning!

VaQueenBee said...

I LOVE this song! My friend died at the age of 40 two weeks ago tonight. That next day in church we sang this song. I can't remember if we sang it at her funeral or not, but it is beautiful.

Paul and DeeDee said...

hey girl,

When you get back, will you email me? I would like to feature Mercy Street on Red Letters Campaign and maybe any other urban/inner city ministries that you might recommend.... Thanks!

Candy said...

My service is planned and has been for some time. Not morbid, just realistic-- and we want to the glory of the One True God. Bought two of the Getty's CDs on Saturday. Playing them right now. They are in Alistair Begg's church in Cleveland, OH. That great theology rings out in their music.
Now the application begins. Let's see if we can exhort and encourage one another. I didn't do too well Sat. night on the way to Morton's!??!!!

Mrs. Troop said...

That's my favorite song, too! Thanks for reminding me of it, today. Would be great at a funeral. But I have to say that Holy, Holy sung at my granddad's funeral last weekend was beautiful!