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Monday, July 7, 2008

Eulogies For The Living

Do you know that "eulogy" simply means high praise? Today we only think of eulogies in respect to death. Back in college we had a speaker at Spring Break ask the question of why we wait until someone is gone to tell them what they mean to us?

He actually pulled a guy from the audience and had him lay down like he was dead. Then he asked some friends to come speak a few words of eulogy over him. Then he had him stand up and them say the same things looking into his eyes. Even in that simple form, the impact was huge.

The speaker's point is that we shouldn't wait until someone dies to tell them what they mean to us. It does no good for them then. Those words we speak in death would better be used to encourage those friends and loved ones in life.

It is in loss we realize what we have, and in heartache we know how much we have truly loved. So, I want to let loss remind me to love now, in the present.


MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW

Something brought you to my mind today
I thought about the funny ways you make me laugh
And yet I feel like it's okay to cry with you
Something about just being with you
When I leave I feel like I've been near God
And that's the way it ought to be...

CHORUS:
'Cause you've been more than a friend to me
You fight off my enemies
'Cause you've spoken the Truth over my life
And you'll never know what it means to me
Just to know you've been on your knees for me
Oh, you have blessed my life
More than you'll ever know, yeah, yeah, yeah
More than you'll ever know, yeah, yeah, yeah

You had faith, when I had none
You prayed God would bring me a brand new song
When I didn't think I could find the strength to sing
And all the while I'm hoping that I'll
Do the kind of praying for you that you've done for me
And that's the way it ought to be...

CHORUS:
'Cause you've been more than a friend to me
You fight off my enemies
'Cause you've spoken the Truth over my life
And you'll never know what it means to me
Just to know you've been on your knees for me
Oh, you have blessed my life
More than you'll ever know, yeah, yeah, yeah
More than you'll ever know, yeah, yeah, yeah

You have carried me
You have taken upon a bruden that wasn't your own
And may the blessing return to you
A hundredfold, oh yeah...
A hundredfold, oh yeah...




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