Songs we're rehearsing for a wedding of a niece (who lives in another state) this weekend.
My brother and I are singing, "The Prayer" and much of the family (my brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews) are all singing "Sunrise, Sunset" with us as a chorus.
We all spend some time singing when we have family Christmases or Thanksgiving holidays together. The last time we sang in public was for our Mamaw's funeral, which was a celebration of her life. She liked to listen to recordings of us singing some of her favorite old songs and hymns in the comfort of her living room, so it was only natural to sing for her "home-going celebration." The only way we got through that was by singing at the back of the church, so we wouldn't have to look at family face-to-face; they could mourn and think their thoughts in private. Their necessary tears would not distract what we needed to do in that moment to comfort them, to remember Mamaw without busting up ourselves.
Now we are blessed to sing together again, but at a wedding this time. Normally this would not be a difficult thing, but this was accomplished under some stressful planning, conversations, and meetings for the bride, groom, and their families, because it is a Catholic/Protestant wedding.
My Dad will be officiating part of the ceremony, we will be singing, and I pray that the Lord be glorified in all that we do and say this weekend...I am looking forward to it, the drive notwithstanding! It will be wonderful to see the extended family again, and all our cute great- nieces and nephews.
If you think of us, keep us in your prayers!