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“Forewordfinally…find enduring use in the service of the One, Eternal God.

What an appropriate charge, and an indirect testimonial, as well.

I was asked to be at an event today, and accordingly arrived very early.   Truth be told, I was going even before I was asked.   In the waiting moments, I found myself reading the forward section of the above pictured hymnal, and remembering the life of a friend.

Beyond the forward of this volume, there is the index.      Songs old and new are listed by author, by composer, by tune, by meter, by title, and by common name.

Songs from Europe.    Songs from Asia.    Songs from the American frontier.    Songs from those displaced by the American experience who would not return to their African heritage.

Songs written by priests.    Songs written by businessmen, and women.   Songs written by former slaves.

Songs written around 500 AD.    Songs written in the 1,700’s.     Songs written before my lifetime.   Songs written after my children were born.

A song too new to be included in this book now comes to mind:

May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You

Let my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign Your name to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You *

Within these lyrics is a representation of a man I went to remember today.     While only known to me for but a few months, I counted him a friend.    I now understand he said the same of me to some whom he loved.

This man was a father, a grandfather, a dedicated former employee, and a faithful volunteer.   The tools shown above represent but a few of the things he was adept at using.     Most importantly, he was a child of God.

Within the songbook are tales of faith and failure, fatigue and faithfulness.   There is a saying that “God is faithful, and we are thankful”.    That is true, and faith legacies in this regard old and new are shared within its pages.

My new friend passed quickly and unexpectedly within the past few days.     As we carried his body to be laid to rest today, I was reminded of what a true legacy of faith is all about, both from him and from poets, lyricists, and fellow mere mortals around the world from centuries of following the calling of our Creator.

May the tools of his trade and theirs last me a lifetime, and those who follow after me, to find enduring use in the service of the One, Eternal God.

May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing…

*Lifesong” lyrics by Casting Crowns


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