The night before the morning they were going to leave, my husband invited a friend from church over for dinner and to help him hook up some speakers in his "man cave".
After dinner the men went downstairs and fiddled around with speakers and recording devices. At one point the living room floor vibrated from the speakers. (What is it with men and speakers and remotes?)
My daughter (Jeannie) and eighteen year old grandaughter (Allie) have beautiful voices and the friend suggested he get a recording so I could hear their voices anytime I wanted to. The girls were very shy about it and almost refused to do it. So, I was feeling silly and said, "Come on, we will all do it!" - totally planning on being mute the whole time they were singing.
But the Lord had something else in mind. A blessing I could not have arranged if I had tried. By the end of the evening, my daughter, granddaughter and myself, had recorded a song together. Three generations. It was incredible. We only had three practice times through the song I had never heard before. But, Allie really liked the song. Amazingly, we all came in on the same note, ended on the same note. And blended beautifully. Of course, it is a very elementary recording, but it was a gift to us.
I lost my singing voice after my chemotherapy last year and had just been able to sing a whole song at church a few weeks ago. I have never felt confident to sing to anyone but the Lord, but even that was difficult for a year.
Only the Lord knew a deep desire of mine was to be able to sing with them, but why would I ever have an opportunity? They live so far away it never would have happened except for the Lord orchestrating it. What a gift.
In the early 80s, when my children were young, I fell in love with a song Debbie Boone sang called, To Every Generation. It kept going over and over in my mind yesterday, but I couldn't remember the words. So, I looked it up on the internet.
God has indeed been faithful to three generations and I praise Him for that so much. In spite of all my mistakes, and there were a lot of them, he heard my prayer to cover my mistakes with His love and care and precious Blood. And, that they would know Him personally and want to serve Him with all their hearts. He has been faithful and IS faithful.
The last phrase of the song (highlighted in yellow) is, I believe, every mother's prayer for her children. I hope the song warms your heart.
Here are the words:.(You can find it by going to "Google search" and typing: To Every Generation YouTube by Debbie Boone).
From the dawning of the world and its wonders before the mountains reached the sky
From everlasting to everlasting you were there through all of time
All my fathers heard your call through the agesThey made the choice to follow you
You were faithful to the faithful they found your promise to be true
You have been a shelter lord
To every generation, to every generationSanctuary from the storm
To every generation, to every gteneration, LordI was born into your arms oh my Father
There’s still a refuge there for meFrom my first breath drawn from your breath you’ve been my security
You have been a shelter LordTo every generation
A sanctuary from the stormTo every generation Lord
My years go by before your eyes like days rushing to the nightTime will still every dream I feel, give my hope a place to hide
All the days, all my lifeLet my children know your mercy in the morning and find your greatness as they grow
May your glory be their glory may your heart become their homeYou will be a shelter Lord, to every generation to every generation
Sanctuary from the storm now and forever.