I had just finished college and was getting ready for seminary when a good friend contacted me an said, "I know you can't make it to our wedding, but could you write a song for our unity candle lighting?"
"Sure," I said. "What's the ensemble?"
"Piano, flute and female vocal."
Colossians 3:12-14 is the perfect text for this song, but let's do something different with it. After all, I did just finish a year of Greek in preparation for seminary. Greek it is! What else can you expect from someone literally in his only summer between his Music undergrad degree and his Master in Divinity. The Greek words have been romanized (I knew the singer wouldn't sing Greek).
And then, two years later, when I was in Romania, my piece got sung again for an evangelistic concert that I was a part of.
The song is entitled "Perfect Unity," but it isn't just meant for marriages. No, Paul's words in Colossians 3 were meant for all friendships and family relationships.