Music is essential to life. So believe persons of faith, past and present. Similar to a psalm of lament, this song begins with a lament. The realities of later years, including the loss of an ability to sing, motivates the “singer” to indicate non-vocal ways to show how, with God’s help, the singer can still sing from the heart.
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Biblical sources: Psalm 71:23 and Psalm 100:1
Tune name: BENBROOK II
Hymn content: 3 verses and 1 optional verse (on military service); also an optional descant
Hymn arrangement: SATB with organ or piano
Sample text: Verse 1 and Verse 2
Verse 1 (The realities of later years (C minor)
When memory fades and thoughts are gone, how can I sing?
When speaking slows and words won’t form, how can I sing?
When walking is hard and I drive no more, how can I sing?
When family meets but I can’t hear, how can I sing?
Verse 2 (Simple pleasures bring souls delight (C major)
With joyful laughs and smiling tears, my heart still sings!
With hearty meals and mid-day naps, my heart still sings!
With children held and ties renewed, my heart still sings!
With values firm and trips to make, my heart still sings!
Key Words: funerals, memorial services, friendship, witness, eternal life, caregivers, resurrection, military service, joy
Collection(s): Special Services
Pictured above is Stan Benbrook, for whom the tune is named.
©Copyright 2016 by Charles R. Kniker and Lynn J. Zeigler. Not to be copied or distributed without written permission.