I can’t explain where this came from. I’m not sick. I haven’t had a recent near-death experience, (although I did have one in 1997). I don’t have the gift of prophecy. (Now if I’m dead when this posts, then we’ll know I was prophetic after all.) 🙂
But for some reason, at the time I’m writing this, I’m thinking of my funeral. The music I want played specifically.
For those of you who love me, don’t panic. I don’t feel morbid, as a matter of fact, I feel very happy. These past few years I’ve finally gotten comfortable in the skin of who I am. Still not perfect, still moments of pain, fear, disappointment, and frustration, but confident in my ability to overcome and thrive.
I’ve made big and small changes so I could do what mattered to me most.
- I wanted to honor God with my life, and though I wish I did it better, at least I believe I consistently live closer to the value system He established.
- Loving my husband at a deep and intimate level, and experiencing the same from him, is something we’ve fought for and won, after thirty plus years.
- My heart’s desire has always been to help others, and I’m doing it more than ever.
- My number one bucket list item was to write books, and I’m doing it at a professional level. (My list is still long with unfinished business.)
So why would a funeral be on my mind? I think what spurred it is simply this. Because my life is mostly amazing, when it is my turn to join my savior in Paradise, I want to make sure I leave a message expressing my love and gratitude. And what better way, than through the emotional magic of song?
So for those of you who care, whether it be tomorrow, or fifty years from now, these are some of the songs that chronicle my journey, my heart, and my hope. These are the funeral songs I’d like played. In this order:
Who Am I — Point of Grace (The YouTube link I used is not Point of Grace, but I needed one without a Flash Drive, and this one’s nice — the lyrics still speak powerfully)
Voice of Truth — Casting Crowns (Sometimes we need a reminder to listen to the right voice)
Oh Happy Day — Preferably Etta James version, but Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, or any other similar version to video link will do
Redeemed — Big Daddy Weave (This is an absolutely stunning video with sign language)
Friend of God — Phillips, Craig, and Dean (What a beautiful thought)
I Will Not Be Moved — Natalie Grant (A theme song)
Long Way Home — Steven Curtis Chapman (Literally one of my favorites right now)
I Can Only Imagine — Mercy Me (Can’t listen to this without crying)
Jesus Messiah — Chris Tomlin (I believe!)
And finally, the big surprise, especially in light of the genre of my other choices. I want the song displayed below played as well. My husband asked what made me so passionate about it.
My answer? “I had my joy, and I had my fun, and I had my season in the sun. When it’s my time to die, I want to leave life on this earth, and have eternal joy, eternal fun, forever in Heaven, with Jesus the son.” I want people to know I’m happy about the choices I made. And I want to make a difference, down to the last note, of the last song, played before my body is laid in the ground. Until then, I plan to keep shining.
Have you thought about your transition from Planet Earth?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, select Walmart’s, plus many fine stores, Christian and otherwise.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, and a client of WordServe Literary Group. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries. Anita co-hosts a weekly podcast, Engaging Life and Leadership with Darren Dake, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms.
Anita is passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Her favorite past time is lounging by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.