O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Reading the words of this song makes me realize how much richer, more beautiful and less complicated life (and churches) would be if Jesus were everything to us, and fame and fortune were the “little deals” of life. It reminds me of another hymn chorus: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus / Look full on his wonderful face / And the things of earth will grow strangely dim / In the light of his glory and grace.”
My father chose this ancient Irish hymn for my mother’s memorial service this past Saturday, explaining, “I am a Celt.” Six of my seven daughters – Mary, Julia, Rachel, Joanna, Lydia and Naomi – sang it, along with Mom’s cousin Ruth. Dad cried as he heard them rehearse on his porch, and he cried again when they sang it at the church. The older five, now all adults, used to sing together in their matching jumpers in our living room for our visiting friends and family. It’s been so long since they sang together, but this was so perfect! My cousin, Dr. Mary Lynne Bennett, played the piano for this song and some of the others in the service. It was all beautiful. I’ll try to post more videos in coming weeks of the music, the eulogies, the Scripture readings, and more.