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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good

Wow!  I can't tell you how fun it is to have a FREE and INSTANT way to share songs.  I've been dreaming of this for years.  And discovering how one little piece at a time.  

So, here we are in my living room and I'm going to play you a song.  :)

This is an arrangement of "Each Life That Touches Ours for Good" that I put together to sing at a funeral about 2 years ago.  It was actually the service for a woman that I didn't know very well--I had served as her visiting teacher for just 2 or 3 months before she passed away.  Her family asked me to sing at her funeral, and requested this song. Necessity is the mother of invention.  I create arrangements when I don't have the one that I need!  Ha. 
 I remember the chaos of that day or two.  Ethan was 2, almost three years old, Jake was just a few months old, and I was trying to concoct a new arrangement and nurse the baby and make the potato casserole that I was bringing to the luncheon, and find a babysitter, and get myself showered and ready to sing...  I remember hustling out the door, armed with my microphone stand, kiddos, and potato casserole, and laughing that I would be as surprised as the audience to hear how the song turned out.  I felt the enabling power of the atonement that day, quickening my mind and giving me the capacity to create something beautiful and then convey that to a grieving family.  

I don't recall having met Martha's husband before the day of the funeral.  

But I will never forget the moment when he intercepted my return from the stand to my seat in the pews and came and gave me a huge bear hug, right there in the middle of the aisle.  A large, jolly man, with a santa claus beard, with tears in his eyes, giving me a hug. And holding on, tight.    It was a special moment.  

And that day I felt like God had used me as an instrument in His hands to share His love.

 So I got to sing that same arrangement at a funeral today.  This time for a woman I had never even met.  I know her daughter, though, and after I finished singing and our eyes locked, our hearts locked too.   I could sense her loss and her pain, and at the same time, her gratitude for a song that celebrated her mother's life.  

I treasure those moments.  And those people.  And this arrangement. And The Source of all good things and all good feelings and all good songs.  :)

 So here it is!

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good | Upload Music


Devon Henrie said...

Hey Em,

You have blessed my life for good :). Excellent choice of those two songs to combine. Absolutely beautiful. I love you for sharing~

Lauren said...

Love it! Do you have this for sale so I can buy the sheet music? Would LOVE this!

Jason Brown (aka Jay-B) said...

I am singing for a funeral in four days and this song was requested. Is there a way for me to purchase the sheet music online and print it from my home computer?