Songs & Stories: Welcome Home

This song means a lot to me because the words express how I felt the first few days of my dad’s passing. My sisters were on the way back and I imagine how lonely and sad the flight back home was. My sister told me she cried when she listened to this song. I thought she was the person who introduced this song to me but found out that it was my eldest sister who introduced this song to us. I think they were trying to find Christian music for the wake service because nobody knew if there was going to be music at the wake service. After all, it was the first wake service in our family, of our family member.

When I received the phone call from my mom telling me that my dad was not responsive anymore, I rushed home but the traffic was bad. I told myself that I had to get home safe. I sensed the Lord reassuring me when I was in the car. In my heart, I heard “Don’t worry. He is with me now.” Not long after that, the hospice nurse called me and confirmed that my dad had passed.

Sometimes I still find it difficult to believe that he is gone but I remind myself that we will meet again. Someday.

Hymns & Stories: To God Be The Glory

I praise God for songwriters. I’m not sure about you but I personally find it easier to sing out a bible verse than speak it out. It’s easier to remember a song.

The hymn “To God Be The Glory” reminds me of a time in the past when my father and I attended a wedding held at a church. Both of us were unbelievers back then and didn’t really know what to do in a church wedding. That was likely his first visit to a church. I know it was my first time. This hymn was sung in church. Looking back, I was singing praises to God even before I embraced the Christian faith.

I would like to think that I found Him but I think the truth is He has been pursuing me from the very beginning.

9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9 NLT)

I don't know about you but I am amazed when I think about God's love for us. Even after man had sinned, Adam went to hide because he was afraid, but the Lord pursued Adam. I'm sure that God being omniscient already knew that Adam had done wrong. 

If the question was directed to me and I was the one in the garden of Eden, I think it was more because He wanted me to realize what I had done and acknowledge that I had done wrong. I'm amazed that even after we disappoint Him time and again, He still pursues us.

Is there any hymn that really touched your heart at a certain point in your life?