I woke up with just a few lyrics (“tonight’s the night”) playing in my head. I tried looking it up, but I knew the Rod Stewart song was definitely not what was stuck in my head. I knew the song had something to do with a city, so I added that to my search and found Toby Mac’s song “City on Our Knees”. After listening to the song and reading the lyrics, I still wasn’t sure why this song was on my heart this morning. The lyrics, “Through the fog, there is hope in the distance,” resonated with me as I had been praying since 4 am for the family of my student who went to be with Jesus on Saturday. However, I thought there had to be more to it than that one line. A search for the meaning of the song led me to a YouTube video in which TobyMac explained,
“City” is about a moment. A moment that we all come together, and our differences fall by the wayside, and love fills in the cracks, and we turn our attention on what unites us.
Tonight’s the night for the visitation. Maybe that is why those words were on my mind early this morning, but I’m glad I didn’t stop there. This beautiful student and faithful child of God had a desire to see our students unite this year and truly come together as one body. She couldn’t have known that this would be accomplished through her death, but she would be so proud of and happy for her classmates who have done exactly what her heart desired. They have come together in love and unity to honor her. Her legacy lives on!
…so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12b-13