|Sissel singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir|
A year or two ago I purchased the Christmas DVD of Sissel singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and orchestra in their Christmas special. It was beautiful! I've listened to that DVD more times at Christmas than any of the other Christmas specials they've done. I enjoyed her voice so much that I have purchased some of her songs. One thing that really struck me about her singing besides its beauty was that she smiles while she sings. Something we don't see often. Even my wife commented, and she of course is a singer, that is a rare ability.
You can go to her website by clicking on the above picture.
Sissel is a singer from Norway who often sings in English. I recently ran across this song by Sissel that got me thinking. Listen to her song "Ready to go home"--the lyrics are below if you would like to read them while she sings.
Lyrics to Ready To Go Home :
(Andrew Gold / Graham Gouldman)
[ These are Ready To Go Home Lyrics on http://www.lyricsmania.com/ ]
This song aside from being beautiful reminds me of a few people who I have met who were ready to die. I differentiate that from wanting to be dead. These folks were not suicidal or even wishing they were dead but rather had lived what they considered a great life and found that they were ready to move on to the 'hereafter'. Some are old and feel worn out and not able to do what they would like and therefore hope for an opportunity to be productive again in the next life. Others were just anxious and curious to see what was next.
A line from the song that has had me thinking was "I'm ready to receive forgiveness for my sins". That could have various shades of meaning for example: forgiveness comes as we repent and not all at once at the end so if you've repented you should have received it already. Or maybe the whole idea of the song is that the person is ready to change and be a better person, maybe that is the 'Home' that is mentioned. However, it strikes you it is a thought provoking song that brings up a question in my mind: is it ever okay to be ready to die and move from this world or should our every effort be to remain here at all costs?
Enjoy the song and if it creates some profound thoughts in you, please let me know. As for me I'll go home when called but I am ready to stay just now.