Church Pianist Experience: Playing for a Funeral


My heart is full…had to share an experience that just happened today…

Just returned from playing for a funeral. It was the funeral of a former piano student’s grandmother.

The Lord’s presence was unmistakable! I played about a half hour prelude and it was as  though God was moving my hands…you could have heard a pin drop….everyone else must have sensed God’s presence too.  Nothing to do with me.

God’s presence was felt upon meeting Nathan’s warm and caring grandfather sitting  by his wife’s casket prior to the service. You could tell he walked with God and God’s peace surrounded him and his sweet family.  I would love to have known his wife. How he will miss her…married for 67 years. What a testimony!

I taught Nathan years ago when he was first learning piano. He took so well to the old hymns… which he enjoyed playing for his now deceased grandmother.  He’s now in his second year of college.  At the beginning of the service, Nathan came up and played one of my arrangements I taught him many years ago….”It is Well”.  What I didn’t know until the end of the service..was that he played this very arrangement for his grandmother as she entered heaven’s gates.

Sorry…getting a little emotional as tears run down my face while typing.

All I can say is, “God…thank you for allowing me to have a small part in your training of young people for your service and for using my music as a balm for dying saints.”  God is good!

I discreetly videoed Nathan while he played “It is Well”.   You can tell he was giving all he could for his grandmother. But now…she was hearing Nathan from heaven above 🙂




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4 Responses to “Church Pianist Experience: Playing for a Funeral”

  1. Melanie says:

    beautiful! Can you tell me who arranged this?

  2. Nelda Rust says:


  3. Rachel Cantrell says:

    I had the opportunity to play for my grandfather’s funeral service last May. Watching this brought those feelings I had that day rushing back. I miss him every day, but I’m so grateful for the talent I’ve been blessed with and how I was able to share it for my Pa one last time. My grandparents were always my biggest fans/supporters and this young man obviously made his sweet grandparents proud too. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful moment.

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