For Diane, With Love – The Other Side

In March of 2015, Diane Van Bommel, a beloved friend and relative, suspected the return of her cancer. Soon after, this was confirmed, and while still hopeful, she started to prepare, not knowing how much time she would have left. She asked me to write a song for her funeral, to celebrate her new life on “the other side”, and to comfort her family and friends with the knowledge that she was safe and not so far away. She passed away on December 26, 2015. It was an honour and a privilege to sing for her. For those who have asked, here is the video, along with the lyrics.

The Other Side                                                  (c) Tina Pumfrey, SOCAN, 2015

I’m on the other side, no need to cry for me, I’m safe and I’m sound, I’m home

My suffering is done, my forever just begun, and you know that I’m here singin’ praise

In God’s goodness and faithfulness, He never turned His back on me,

I spent my days in His hand

Now I’m singin’ Hallelujah with saints and angels all around

I’m on the other side, yeah, I’m on the other side

He measured out my days, He sure did make them full, poured out so many blessings over me

No one’s future can be told, trust in Him, let it unfold,

and thank Him for the love along the way

In God’s goodness and faithfulness, He never turned His back on me,

I spent my days in His hand

Now I’m singin’ Hallelujah with saints and angels all around

I’m on the other side, yeah, I’m on the other side

And you know, He kept me safe, I never lost my way,

And no matter how lonely the valley, He’ll bring you home

I’m on the other side, no need to cry for me, I’m safe and I’m sound, I’m home

My suffering is done, my forever just begun, and you know that I’m here singin’ praise

In God’s goodness and faithfulness, He never turned His back on me,

I spent my days in His hand

Now I’m singin’ Hallelujah with saints and angels all around

I’m on the other side, yeah, I’m on the other side

And I’m singin’ Amen, Amen, Hallelu – u – jah!

To read Diane’s many words of wisdom, visit http://www.divbblog.wordpress.com and http://www.godgivesblessings.wordpress.com.  Her legacy will live on through her writings.

A Song for Sunday–Ain’t Got Love

Ain’t Got Love–Greg Sczebel

So you got a Lexus
And you flex this
Every single chance you get
Mr. Material, billion dollar cash flow
Everybody’s favorite friend

Well, it all amounts to nothin’
If you’re still missing this one thing
And they call it love

I don’t have a Lexus, but the point isn’t lost on me. It’s late on Sunday night, and I’m still helping kids with homework, preparing food so lunches can be packed, waiting for the washer to finish so that the dryer can be run–not to mention the list of what I should have accomplished today, that I didn’t even get to touch. In the big picture, none of this matters a whole lot. I am going to take a deep breath, try to have a good night’s sleep, and wake up ready to tackle another day. I will try to be calm in the face of the deadlines coming up at work, and the requirements at home. Because, as St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthiansnothing I do will be of any significance if I don’t have an eye on the more important things in life. Not so easy to remember in the whirlwind that is my calendar some days, but I will keep trying.

If you ain’t got love
Y’ain’t got nothin’ at all
And if you’re standing on success
You’re surely gonna fall
‘Till you live for justice and mercy
Love to your capacity
You ain’t got nothin’
Ain’t got nothin’ at all, no