Recently I was contemplating funeral music for a parishioner whose extended family is predominantly Roman Catholic. Mostly I was trying to think of hymns from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982 that the average parishioner at St. Mary's-by-the-Turnpike would know (and that I don't despise).
As I crowd-sourced the question on Facebook -- which is the SUPER lazy person's way of doing research (as opposed to the REGULAR lazy person's way of doing research which is Google) -- it became apparent that there are only three songs sung at Roman Catholic funerals: "I the Lord of Sea and Sky," "Be Not Afraid," and "Eagles' Wings." (I'm not counting Ave Maria as a hymn, so lay off).
Anyhoo...as I subsequently got all three stuck in my head, I decided that it's basically the same song. Thus I wrote the chorus to the single song titled "I, the Lord Be Not Afraid of Eagles' Wings."
I, the Lord Be Not Afraid of Eagles' Wings **
Here I am Lord
Is it I Lord?
I have heard you flapping in the night
I will go Lord
If you lead me
I will hold your talons in my heart.
Be not afraid.
Eagles are cuddly always.
Come follow me, and
I will give you nest.
And He will raise you up on eagles' wings
Bear you on the breath of sky
Because I the Lord of sea and sky
But mostly the sky — because eagles.