At Anna’s memorial services in Richmond and Louisville we showed a slide show of pictures showing Anna from about 3 to 9 years old. We used a song by Michael W. Smith that was a favorite of Anna. The song is called “Anna.” Can you guess why she liked it so much?
When we came to California we added a second song. I had wanted to use a song by Anna’s favorite group, Switchfoot. The song I wanted to use was called “Yesterdays” on the album Oh, Gravity!. When we got to Louisville, however, I found a new song by the group that we did not know before. Anna had never heard it. It was a song from the closing credits from the second Narnia move, Prince Caspian, called “This is Home.” As soon as I heard it I knew that it was the song I wanted for Anna. It speaks of leaving an old life behind and moving into a new place. The singer says, “Created for a place I’ve never known.” That one line sums up what has happened to Anna and what will happen to all of us who believe in Jesus. Even after Anna’s death, she can still say, “I’ve got my eyes wide; it’s not over yet.” No, Anna, it is not over yet, for you will rise again and greet a new day facing your sweet Lord Jesus.