Originally Posted by Primadawn
My all-time favorite is Because He Lives. I have left instructions with my family to have it played at my funeral. They thought it was an odd choice, but it's because of the 3rd verse:
And then one day
I'll cross that river
I'll fight life's final war with pain
And then as death
Gives way to victory
I'll see the lights of Glory and I'll know He Lives!
and the chorus gives hope to mourners:
Because He Lives...I can face tomorrow
Because He Lives...all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He Lives!
I like "Be Still my soul" for the same sort of reasons
1. Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
2. Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.
3. Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fulness all He takes away.
4. Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.