It was a day when good and bad mixed in a crazy way. There was sunshine and belly laughs and sunglasses to hide tears. The day ended in a deliciously serendipitous way–choir friends crowded into a room, spilling out of chairs and sofas, beside the fireplace and on the floor. I sat on the floor, knees pulled up to my chest, sandwiched between 2 friends who sat tight beside me.
Our conductor told us stories about living and teaching in Kenya. How he would line the songs–the words and the harmonizing notes for each part–and his Kenyan choirs learned all their songs that way. And because we were a choir, and these people never stopped singing, he lined a new song for us.
Every word thudded onto my heart with each word’s weight. Tears dripped off my chin and the friends beside me squeezed my hands.
Eternal God, faithful and true, All of our longings come home to you. All of our longings come home to you.
You are our strength, You are our stay–Go now before us, show us the way. Go now before us, show us the way.
That we might have power to see God’s love so wide and deep, so strong and free–God’s love so wide and deep, so strong and free.
Eternal God, faithful and true, All of our longings come home to you. All of our longings come home to you. — James Croegaert
Edited to add:
Several years later, I was privileged to sing this song under this director. That recording is available here: https://christianlearning.org/product/eternal-god/. I still listen to this CD often. I’ve sung the song many times since, but the wonder is still new.