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Death wasn’t the end of the story

It’s Good Friday. The day that Christians observe as the day Jesus hung on the cross and died. A day when death seems to have triumphed. But, of course, death wasn’t the end of the story…

As I like to do every Good Friday, I’ve perused numerous blog posts, reflections, and prayers centered on the theme of the day. One of the posts I read provided a recommended song list to listen to as an observance of Good Friday. As I perused the list, I came across one song on the list that I knew from an album I’d bought years ago. But I’d never focused much on the lyrics, until today.

The song that struck me so poignantly on that list is “What Sarah Said”, by Death Cab for Cutie. When I came across it on the list, I pulled it up on my phone and listened to it. Chills were sent down my spine. I was overwhelmed at the words of what Sarah said. I encourage you to listen to the song. Think about what Sarah said. Think of your loved ones, Remember how precious every moment we have on this earth. And, above all, remember that death never gets the final say…because death wasn’t the end of the story…

Here are the lyrics if you’d like to follow along:

And it came to me then
That every plan
Is a tiny prayer to Father Time

As I stared at my shoes
In the ICU
That reeked of piss and 409

And I rationed my breaths
As I said to myself
That I’d already taken too much today

As each descending peak
On the LCD
Took you a little farther away from me
Away from me

Amongst the vending machines
And year old magazines
In a place where we only say goodbye

It sung like a violent wind
That our memories depend
On a faulty camera in our minds

And I knew that you were truth
I would rather lose
Than to have never lain beside at all

And I looked around
At all the eyes on the ground
As the TV entertained itself

Cause there’s no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous paces bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes round
And everyone lifts their head
But I’m thinking of what Sarah said

That love is watching someone die

So who’s gonna watch you die?

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The Summons

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
      Will you let my love be shown,
      will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
      Will you risk the hostile stare
      should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
      Will you kiss the leper clean
      and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
      Will you use the faith you’ve found
      to reshape the world around
Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true when I but call your name!
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
      In your company I’ll go
      where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

–Words & Music: John L. Bell (b. 1949) of the Iona Community

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The Beatitudes – Arvo Pärt

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Amen.

–Words: Matthew 5:3-12 (King James Version)
–Music: Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

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The Lord is my Light

The Lord is my light, the refuge of my life and my salvation; of whom then shall I be afraid?
If I take the wings of the morning or go up into heaven, your right hand will hold me.
In the shadow of your wings will I rejoice and bless your holy Name;
and I will sing of your Glory, O Lord my strength, as long as I live.

–Words: Psalms 27:1, 139:8, 63:4 & 7
–Music: Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

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O Nata Lux

O nata lux de lumine,
Jesu redemptor saeculi,
Dignare clemens supplicum
Laudes precesque sumere.

Qui carne quondam contegi
Dignatus es pro perditis,
Nos membra confer effici
Tui beati corporis.

O Light born of Light,
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
With loving-kindness deign to receive
Supplicant praise and prayer.

Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh
For the sake of the lost,
Grant us to be members
Of thy blessed body.

–Words: Office Hymn at Lauds on the Feast of the Transfiguration
–Music: Morten Lauridsen (born 1943)

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Behold, O God, our Defender

Behold, O God, our defender, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
    For one day in thy courts is better than a thousand… —Psalm 84:8–9a

–Herbert Howells (1892–1983)

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Behold a Star from Jacob Shining

Behold a star from Jacob shining, and a scepter from Israel rising, to reign in glory over the nations. Like some bright morning star is he, the promise of the coming day, beyond the night of sorrow. Break forth, O light! We, our joyful hearts uplifting with thanksgiving, hail the brightness of thy rising.

–Music: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
–Words: arr. by Henry Wilder Foote, after Numbers 24:17

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