Wednesday, February 27, 2013

This Day

A few days ago, while half-comatose on the couch in Nyquil-induced cold-relief, I glanced over at the other couch and watched my daughter, who had a pair of headphones over her ears and was singing a Disney-fied pop song of some sort at the top of her lungs.  I could only smile, because she seemed so happy and in her own little world, oblivious to everyone (me) in the room, no self-consciousness evident at all.  She is so much like her mother.

About an hour later, I awoke from snoozing (the story of the last several days) and looked at my girl, still in the same place on the other couch, still with the headphones over her ears, with tears streaming down her cheeks, and she was sobbing inconsolably.  I jumped up and went over to her, put my arm around her, and asked her what was wrong.  She said, "I miss Mommy!"  I gave her a hug, and asked, "This Day?"  She nodded.  My heart sank, but I knew what was going on.

"This Day", by Point Of Grace, had become the theme song for my all-too-short storybook marriage to my wonderful wife, Teresa.  She had picked out the song as a favorite of hers to be played at our wedding while a series of pictures of her and me alternated in a slide presentation, from birth through our romance.  We showed the same slide presentation less than five years later at Teresa's funeral service, again with "This Day" playing.  It was such a fitting song in so many ways, for both events.  And, now, Melody associates the song with her mom.  Melody was much too young to know her mom when she died, but that song still strikes a chord with her, and almost always causes her to cry.

And all I want to do when I see my little Melody cry is hug her and let her know it's okay to be sad, but we know that Mommy is enjoying the glories of Heaven with our Savior, Jesus Christ.  And we will see her again.  And that makes it all okay.

Point Of Grace - This Day
Songwriter: Lowell Alexander

This day is fragile - soon it will end 
And once it has vanished, it will not come again 
So let us love with a love pure and strong 
Before this day is gone 

This day is fleeting when it slips away 
Not all our money can buy back this day 
So let us pray that we might be a friend 
Before this day is spent 

This day we're given is golden 
Let us show love 
This day is ours for one moment 
Let us sow love 

This day is frail - it will pass by 
So before it's too late to recapture the time 
Let us share love, let us share God 
Before this day is gone 
Before this day is gone

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