2020-02-27

For My Dad and Mum: How Great Thou Art

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by Neil Godfrey

Allow me a moment’s indulgence. This was the favourite hymn of my father (he loved to sing) and was sung at his funeral too many years ago. It was also my mother’s favourite, and today we sang it at her funeral.

It leaves me teary.

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13 Comments

  • Charles
    2020-02-27 10:41:32 GMT+0000 - 10:41 | Permalink

    Condolences to you and your family. I, too, have a few religious songs that I’m fond of and love the melodies. Religion is more than worshiping a god. Tradition is a large part of it and memories of youth and loved ones.

  • Peter Grullemans
    2020-02-27 11:53:26 GMT+0000 - 11:53 | Permalink

    Beautiful memories of your mother, that she humbled herself under the almighty power of God as she related to him. I too would treasure this Neil, had my mother believed.

  • pearl
    2020-02-27 13:20:34 GMT+0000 - 13:20 | Permalink

    Neil, sincere condolences to you and your family. This powerful hymn is one of the all-time favorites. I hope its sweeping melody is bringing you comfort in fond memories.

  • 2020-02-27 13:30:44 GMT+0000 - 13:30 | Permalink

    Condolences.

  • 2020-02-27 14:53:36 GMT+0000 - 14:53 | Permalink

    May cherished memories bring comfort to you and your family.

  • Leigh Sutherland
    2020-02-27 14:59:57 GMT+0000 - 14:59 | Permalink

    Condolences Neil,I have been a non believer for many years but All Things Bright And Beautiful and Silent Night still bring a huge lump in my throat and a tear to my eye.

  • francois
    2020-02-27 15:24:14 GMT+0000 - 15:24 | Permalink

    Condolences.

  • Morris
    2020-02-27 17:07:13 GMT+0000 - 17:07 | Permalink

    Sincere condolences.

  • 2020-02-27 18:29:24 GMT+0000 - 18:29 | Permalink

    Oh my.

    Sorry for your loss Neil.

    Condolences.

  • Booker
    2020-02-27 23:48:35 GMT+0000 - 23:48 | Permalink

    Condolences Neil. So sorry for your loss.

  • 2020-02-28 06:00:19 GMT+0000 - 06:00 | Permalink

    Condolences, Neil.

    Les Mis is my favorite musical, and my favorite line from it is, “To love another person is the see the face of God.”

  • 2020-02-28 15:27:04 GMT+0000 - 15:27 | Permalink

    We can’t pass along our tastes, but if we’ve passed along our values, we’ve done a good job. As here.

  • Steven C Watson
    2020-03-10 01:59:45 GMT+0000 - 01:59 | Permalink

    My sympathies, Neil.

    My Mum had “Gone Home” on her tombstone and we had “Wayfaring Stranger”, sung by Neko Case, at my brother’s funeral just before Xmas, plus Psalm 22/23. Both at my suggestion, which suprised everyone: I’m Anti-Theist and my brother Atheist. Strange what we default to for comfort at such times – but it seemed right.

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