See you tomorrow, Sue…

So many beautiful things from the funeral yesterday:

  • her name: Mary Catharine Suzanne (we knew her as "Sue");
  • her husband’s ability to get up and talk about her (how she gave up her own health for others, etc.), even though he’s always been the "unassuming" type;
  • the amazing song he played ("played" meaning a CD): You Raise Me Up (see lyrics below);
  • the wonderful speeches that her family members made–especially enjoyed hearing her brother, with the same Islands-accent that she had;
  • the large group of young people who showed up, for the sake of her son Danny (18 years old, a member of the church youth group);
  • the fact that You Raise Me Up is written to the tune of "Danny Boy" (according to Wikipedia… and I wonder if her husband even realized it!)
  • seeing said group of young people all so handsome in their suits;
  • remembering Sue’s loving and gentle spirit, knowing how much she suffered with her liver and that she is finally without pain;
  • the following quote on the front of the program:

"Unbidden came God’s love,
Not rushing from the skies
As Angel, flame or dove
But Shining through your eyes."

 

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

See you tomorrow, Sue.

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