Friday, May 28, 2010

i will rise

an interspersing of cheesy songs and the drastic tendency to overplay hot tunes does not change the fact that my dial is almost constantly tuned to 104.9 the river. with a 2 1/2 year old, everything said with emphasis is repeated and repeated till the cows come home. so this is just one way i can monitor, without having to monitor, what she hears. one such overplayed song that i didnt mind too much was "I will Rise" by Chris Tomlin. This was just another "bloop bloop - the river" classic until...

At petes grandma's funeral in march (p.s. also the same day as our senior pastor's funeral), this song was one of only few that was played during the service. it brought us all to tears as the significance of the words stood a little more relevant. i, as well as peter, will never forget that moment... its just one of those etched-in-your-mind moments. you know when you hear a song and it instantly takes you back to some place or time? Thats what this song does for us now.
Since then, "I will Rise" has been played numerous times in church and what normally would have been (to us) an overplayed, fairly typical worship song, is now an instant tear-jerking memory that actually brings a smile to our faces. Because we enjoy it so much, we downloaded it on our iTunes at home and now savor our moments watching ellia sing the chorus word-for-word.

Have a listen (to chris tomlin's version)... here

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