Song Snapshots #30: Mary’s Wish

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs.

Ask Joseph Habedank which song, of all the songs he has written, is his all-time favorite. You might be surprised! He won’t name one of his #1 hits, or even his Song of the Year-winning landmark hit “If You Knew Him.” He will name a song Ivan Parker recorded in 2011, “Mary’s Wish.”

Joseph Habedank and Matthew Holt became close friends and began writing songs together when they were both members of The Perrys. They continued writing together after Matthew left the group in 2008.

One day, shortly after Matthew’s departure, the Perrys bus was parked at a Wal-Mart in Huntington, Tennessee. Matthew drove out to Huntington to meet Joseph at the bus and take him out to write and do lunch. As they walked into O’Charley’s, Matthew asked Joseph, “What’s the song you’re wanting to write?”

Joseph sang him the chorus to “Mary’s Wish.” He recalls, “Matthew started crying, which he doesn’t do very often—he’s not a crier. It moved him.” After lunch, parked Matthew’s car in an alley next to a Kohl’s, and finished the song in his car.

The song was inspired by a comment Matthew’s wife Lindsey made while she was expecting their first child (their son, Fletcher). That December, as Fletcher’s due date drew near, she told Matthew, “Now that the time’s come, I’m almost a little apprehensive about exposing him to the world. I almost wish I could keep him inside of me.”

She paused, then added, “I can’t imagine how Mary must have felt.”

“That was one of the more special songs we’ve ever written,” Habedank recalls, “probably my favorite thing that I’ve ever had a hand in.”

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Cathedrals Family Reunion expands beyond initial date

Last year, Ernie Haase, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Scott Fowler, and Danny Funderburk held an event they called a “Cathedrals Family Reunion” in Fort Worth, Texas. Yesterday, the event’s promotion team, IMC Concerts, posted a video to YouTube, announcing that four more Cathedrals Family Reunion dates have been added: Akron, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and, Orlando, Florida.

The video is also worth watching for a memory Ernie Haase shares about being there the day that George and Glen decided to retire the group:

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Sony’s Thoughts: Jesus is Risen … and He’s Coming Again

I don’t think it’s coincidence that I’m reading through Revelation right now. Right after Jesus’ ascension, “two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10b-11). The story didn’t end with His death. It wasn’t finished with His resurrection and the fact that He is no longer with us in bodily form. He promised to send His Spirit–which He did–and He promised to receive us unto Himself “that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). That is a day we still have to look forward to.

Jesus warned us that, “In the world, you shall have tribulation,” but He also told us to “be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We may not know exactly when He’s coming but He definitely will come. Our job is to watch and be ready.

As you think of the cross and everything Jesus went through to offer you forgiveness for your sins, think about your life. Are you living a life of surrender or are you still trying to have your life and Heaven too? It doesn’t work that way. If He is not Lord of all, I daresay He is not Lord at all. He died that you might have eternal life but whether you accept that life is up to you. I pray you will. He loves you so much. Please take time to examine your heart today. It doesn’t matter how many years you have gone to church or how Godly YOU think you are. The question is, “What does God think about the way you’re living your life?” Repent today and find joy and peace like you’ve never known.

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