The word hallelujah is one of the most powerful words I know. I don’t believe there is another word like it. The famous song has a power all its own, and the whisper of the melody still lingers in my heart from the most beautiful memorial I have ever had the honor of attending. The church was packed, and each person rose to sing and share stories and the forever lingering love and life of one of the greatest. Each profound moment left me breathless and soaked in tears.
My dear friend’s husband was a mighty man, diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s. His relentless fight against the progressive debilitating affects of this horrific disease was a testimony to his strength and courage- but above all, his unwavering integrity and faith.
When talking with the music ministry leaders at our church about his favorite song, the song he so desperately wanted to sing… It was decided that they would sing the song for him. We felt the words didn’t honor the true man he was, so I edited the lyrics to create a tribute and an anthem that testifies to the life and love a of a cherished friend, a dedicated father, a strong leader, a brilliant mind, a faithful follower, a noble lad, a creative spirit, a passionate husband, a compassionate soul, a radiant light, a rare wit, and above all…
A victorious, triumphant warrior that taught us all how to truly live.
John’s “Broken Hallelujah” was never broken.
But rather, full of glorious power and light.
I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
You always let the music soak right through ya.
Well it goes like this the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Well your faith was strong you were the proof
You grew in strength from your youth
A noble man and nothing overthrew ya.
But wrapped and tied and bound and chained
You took your steps unrestrained
And from your lips you drew the Hallelujah.
Well Glory beams through the door,
You never quit, you wanted more.
But heaven just can’t wait so Glory took ya.
You stood so tall, strong to find
You left the chains far behind
It’s a new, a shining glorious Hallelujah!
Well there was a time your head hung low.
The weight, the world, forced it so.
And yet His Light shined brighter, right through ya.
We remember each day with you.
His Holy Spirit moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah.
You’ve shown us there’s a God above
We learned of faith and saw your love
We taste the tears and try to live without ya.
Our cries you’ll here through the night
But know you’re wrapped in His Light
Brings forth a gasping Glory Hallelujah.