Marlene's sister is visiting us. She came from Arizona to attend a memorial service for a recently-deceased family member. After the service, I overheard Marlene and her sister talking in our kitchen about planning out a funeral or memorial service. Marlene told her sister that I wanted a particular hymn sung at my service, but she couldn't remember what it was.
Then Marlene came and asked me to remind her what hymn it was that I wanted. Offhand, I couldn't recall. I think we have sung a few different hymns in church over the years, and I have whispered to Marlene afterwards that I'd like that one at my funeral.
So it occurred to me that I should write down a few favorite hymns for my funeral inside my Bible. I told Marlene that I would do that.
A couple minutes later, I remembered that Be Thou My Vision is the hymn I like most (my ability to recall things seems to be flagging some lately, and it concerns me).
So, I went to YouTube to listen to this rendition...
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul's Shelter, Thou my high Tow'r:
Raise Thou me heav'nward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art
High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all
As I was listening to the YouTube clip above, Marlene came back and said that she thought that was the one. Then she said, with a kindly smile, "I'll get some pipes for you too," which made me smile back (she knows what I like).
I told her that was okay. I don't want to complicate the event. I mean, we don't know any pipers.
And then, Marlene pointed her finger at me and said, "But don't you go too soon!"