Unless you have been living in the hinterland for the past few days, you likely know that Wednesday was David Letterman’s last late night show, signing off after 33+ years. The NYTimes review is here and there are a numerous online videos, etc.
However, I am not writing about his farewell, but rather about a dream that I had at least 15 years ago – obviously memorable, and it still makes me chuckle. It goes like this:
Rhonda and I were at the taping of a Letterman show and he asked if anyone was from Indiana [since that’s where he is from]. We were the only ones who raised our hands, and thus were invited to stay after the show. We were escorted backstage to Dave’s private dressing room, and we had a nice chat about Hoosier stuff. Then he said “Why don’t you walk with me to the club that I always go to after the show?” Of course we said yes, and we headed out to the streets of New York City. We turned into an alley and there was an unmarked door with a small window. Dave knocked, the window cover opened, and a voice said “Good afternoon Mr. Letterman.” We were very anxious and anticipatory as the door opened – and then Letterman, turned to us and said “Thanks, and we’ll see you.” He walked in, we were left outside and I had to think – Classic Letterman!!!
One of the special music pieces at Father Ed’s Memorial Service was Abide With Me, sung by a group from the Goshen College Men’s Choir. Sister Kay recorded the group as they practiced before the service [try to ignore the background whispering :-]
[Not all of these lyrics were sung in the video]
- Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
- Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
- I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
- I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
- Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
H/T to Cousin Steve for sending along the video which is also available on YouTube
At our father’s memorial service, music was the major component. As previously noted, Ed’s most favorite hymn was Children of the Heavenly Father, and naturally we had the congregation sing that song. Then mother Mary, sister Kay and I each chose a favorite hymn for the service, and mine was Number 26 in the Hymnal: A Worship Book, Holy Spirit Come With Power. In the video below, the song does not start for a bit, but the intro is worthwhile – Tim is one of the guitar instructors at the Colorado Roots Music Camp, written about here.
As I have written before, I am a tune person more that a lyric person, so this is among my favorites for the music more so than the words, but the words follow the video. Another interesting tidbit about the song it is unusual in that Mennonites generally do not sing about the Holy Spirit. :-)
Holy Spirit, come with power,
breathe into our aching night.
We expect you this glad hour,
waiting for your strength and light.
We are fearful, we are ailing,
we are weak and selfish too.
Break upon your congregation,
give us vigor, life anew.
Holy Spirit, come with fire,
burn us with your presence new.
Let us as one mighty choir
sing our hymn of praise to you.
Burn away our wasted sadness
and enflame us with your love.
Burst upon your congregation,
give us gladness from above.
Holy Spirit, bring your message,
burn and breathe each word anew
deep into our tired living
till we strive your work to do.
Teach us love and trusting kindness,
lend our hands to those who hurt.
Breathe upon your congregation
and inspire us with your word.
A Prairie Home Companion radio show recently did a live broadcast from Sauder Music Hall at Goshen College. Go to the link here to listen to the entire broadcast or listen to or view select segments of the show. We were driving down the highway and received a text from our niece that the show was in progress. We listened to the remainder, but we are glad that the whole thing is available – lots of good music!!
Keillor Leading Congregational Singing
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