We Will Remember

Lyrics by Tommy Walker:

We will remember, we will remember
We will remember the works of Your hands
We will stop and give you praise
For great is Thy faithfulness

You’re our creator, our life sustainer
Deliverer, our comfort, our joy
Throughout the ages You’ve been our shelter
Our peace in the midst of the storm

With signs and wonders You’ve shown Your power
With precious blood You showed us Your grace
You’ve been our helper, our liberator
The giver of life with no end

When we walk through life’s darkest valleys
We will look back at all You have done
And we will shout, our God is good
And He is the faithful One

Hallelujah, hallelujah
To the one from whom all blessings flow
Hallelujah, hallelujah
To the one whose glory has been shown

I still remember the day You saved me
The day I heard You call out my name
You said You loved me and would never leave me
And I’ve never been the same

My choir will sing this song Sunday morning, March 9.  As I practiced tonight, the truth of the words stirred me.  The darkest valley I have descended thus far was watching the demise of my precious daughter.  I had previously lost my father, mother, and brother, though I was not with them in their final hours.  Their loss crushed more in some ways than Karin’s.  I could not enter the room with their casket.  There was no joy to sing for three months after their death.  With Karin, I hugged and kissed her repeatedly.  We sang to her for three days before we lost her, I sang with gusto at her funeral, and I serenade her when visiting her grave.

As God could not look at his Son as He died, I also could not watch.  At the moment of her death, I ran out of the room, and stopped in the hall crumbled with tears.  I did recognize a secure peace surrounding me which prevented me from total dissolution.  As the song says, “When we walk through life’s darkest valleys, we will look back at all You have done.”  It wasn’t until I reviewed my emotions and reactions of that moment many days later that I recognized the presence of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

Gerald Sittser, author of A Grace Disguised, wrote, “It is not… the experience of loss that becomes the defining moment of our lives…  It is how we respond to the loss that matters… It is not what happens to us that matters as much as what happens in us.”  I have written before about my dislike of the “moving on” terminology.  I agree with his description of assimilating the loss into our souls becoming a part of our identity.  Suffering affects us in either negative or positive ways.  With trust in God, our souls can expand to “greater joy, strength, peace, and love.”


About 9awalsh

A genealogist and writer who has uncovered legacy stories which must be told. I also write a blog, Deciphering Life, trying to figure out why life becomes so tangled -- www.9awalsh.wordpress.com
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