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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

a song for a friend

I sang at an old friend's funeral today. She was 87, but the reason I call her an old friend is that I have known her since 1979. We were in the same church for 25 years. I was surprised when I got the call that she had requested that I sing a certain song at her service. She was a woman who loved God, studied her bible, and prayed fervently for others. But she wasn't a "people person". She was not demonstrative in her affection nor was she free with her praise. So, I had no way of knowing that it would be meaningful to her for me to be a part of her "homegoing". But it certainly was a privilege and a blessing.
The song is Southern Gospel and entitled "Sweet Beulah Land". It speaks of longing for Heaven.....

"I'm kind of homesick for a country
to which I've never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
and time won't matter anymore.

Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land
I'm longing for you
and some day, on thee I'll stand.
There my home will be eternal.
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land.

Now I'm looking for a river
where my faith's gonna end in sight.
There's just a few more days to labor
Then I'll take my heavenly flight.

Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land
I'm longing for you
There my home will be eternal
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land."

I'm not a fan of most Southern Gospel, but I am a fan of Heaven....and this song reminds me that I have a place there........ paid for, prepared, and waiting for me. That is something to look forward to. :-)

"In my Father's house are many rooms.
If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself
that where I am, you may be also." John 14:2,3



  1. Very moving post, I really love the old gospel music maybe because that was what my grandma sang when I was little but it always means so much to me. I think it is really special that your friend requested you to sing. You must have a very pretty voice. I love your verse as I say it to myself when I need comfort. It was the longest verse I had ever memorized in my third grade Sunday school class and it still ministers to me.
    Bless you, Miss Debbie, as always thank you for your dear comments.

  2. Special indeed...to be asked to sing about heaven at your friend's service. My grands were just asking me about heaven tonite...and wondering what it might be like. What a hope we share!

  3. So special to be able to minister through music! I know the song...

  4. I really love that song (I'm actually a fan of southern gospel....well, a lot of it) and this song is popular on a lot of CDs but it seems "funny" that you usually only hear it at funerals. I am with you - I love Heaven...and am longing for home:)

  5. To be asked this favor is such a compliment to you; I am sure your voice and the words you sang were a blessing to those who heard.

  6. What an honor for you. I also love that song and it was a perfect request for a home going.

  7. I think I can post a comment... well, we'll see - I went and changed my password to be able to post.

    I want you to know I have heard so many comments about your singing. Everyone has bragged on how beautiful it was. I wish I could have been there to hear it. I know Miss Evelyn would have loved it. Maybe she got to hear it anyway.

    I want Beulah Land sung at my funeral (I won't ask you to do it, old friend) - I've told Robin and Dixie they could do it!

    Oh, I made your (and Farm Girl's) recipe for Sheltering Trees - another big hit. So, Miss Debbie, you rocked this week at Evergreen with your song and dessert. We love you and miss you.


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