Post # 1
This is a bit of an unusual post, but I didn’t know where else to turn. A week ago a neighbor of mine, who was 18 yrs old, drowned in the Delaware river. He was a boy scout and an amazing young man. His death impacted our entire community. I will be singing at his funeral tomorrow (it’s a Catholic funeral). The funeral is in his native language, and the hymn I would really love to sing seems to be controvertial according to a friend of mine. i wanted to see what you girls think about this. Here is the translation:
Waters will not extinguish its flame,
Winds cannot blow it away,
Rivers cannot drown it,
Its flame is stronger than fire itself.
It is love – love is more powerful than death, love is more powerful than death.
A friend has commented on its reference to drowning as inappropriate…but that phrase is precisely why I want to sing it. To me it gives hope – it reminds us that although his body is gone, love always keep him alive in our hearts. Even the river couldn’t take that away. Do you think I would be crossing a line if I sang this hymn? Any advice will be appreciated.
Post # 3
I like the meaning of it and I see the reference as a positive thing as well (hope/overcoming/etc), but I would really suggest checking with the family to make sure that it is something that they would appreciate and approve of.
Post # 4
@indibee: thank you! and the whole problem was that the family just asked me to pick…they don’t have the strength to even think about it and she said she trusts I will make the right choices. This all happened today. So I guess I will maybe speak with the priest in the morning to see what his opinion is. This song is used at funerals pretty often, but the circumstances in this case are a bit different.
Post # 5
i voted no, they are lovely lyrics but i cringed when i thought about the circumstances and the references
Post # 6
I think it matches too literally.
Is the Prayer to St. Francis translated into his native language? I find that one is fairly uplifting in unfortunate circumstances.
Post # 7
I would say no. The lyrics are beautiful but the fact that he actually drowned in a river is just too close to home in my opinion.
Post # 8
I’d pick a different one. The reference to drowning is inappropriate for the occasion.
Post # 9
I also vote no. There are so many beautiful hymns out there that would be better.
Post # 10
Yeah, I would be like WTF if I were there. I think you should sing a different song.
Post # 11
May I ask the culture, original language, and hymn name please?