On Saturday, I said good-bye to my friend David.  I mentioned it in last Friday’s post.  It was a moving service.  Marcy, David’s wife, is part of my covenant group, so not only was a friend gone, but another friend was mourning the loss of her husband.

I had never been to the funeral for an active… or, well, any clergy member, active or retired.  Near the end of the service, all clergy that were present were invited to surround the casket and we joined together in singing It Is Well With My Soul.  All in all, David was celebrated and remembered for who he was – a great man with a passion for ministry and for developing effective members of the clergy.

On the way home, I put on “Matt’s Mellow Mix” on my iPhone, and the first or second song that came up was “More” by Andrew Peterson.  There couldn’t have been a more appropriate song in light of the events earlier in the day.  So, I thought I’d share it with you.  I have also posted the lyrics following the clip.

This is not the end here at this grave
This is just a hole that someone made
Every hole was made to fill
And every heart can feel it still–
Our nature hates a vacuum

This is not the hardest part of all
This is just the seed that has to fall
All our lives we till the ground
Until we lay our sorrows down
And watch the sky for rain

There is more
More than all this pain
More than all the falling down
And the getting up again
There is more
More than we can see
From our tiny vantage point
In this vast eternity
There is more

A thing resounds when it rings true
Ringing all the bells inside of you
Like a golden sky on a summer eve
Your heart is tugging at your sleeve
And you cannot say why
There must be more

There is more
More than we can stand
Standing in the glory
Of a love that never ends
There is more
More than we can guess
More and more, forever more
And not a second less

There is more than what the naked eye can see
Clothing all our days with mystery
Watching over everything
Wilder than our wildest dreams
Could ever dream to be
There is more