Yesterday, Michael W. Smith paid tribute to his longtime friend, former President George H. W. Bush, at Bush’s funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington.
Smith performed the uplifting faith anthem, “Friends,” backed by a full orchestra and a 150-person choir comprised of the Armed Forces Chorus, the National Cathedral Choir and the United States Marine Orchestra.
Smith’s stunning tribute was also a personal farewell to his faithful friend. The two formed their longlasting friendship after Smith performed at the White House in 1989.
The years since their meeting have been filled with regular time together and even times of travel together, each anchored in talks of God and faith instead of politics.
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Smith recently told Christianity Today, “First and foremost, I hope the song is very honoring of the president because he loved the song… The last time I saw him, when we said goodbye, he gave me a hug, pointed his finger in the air, and with a twinkle in his eye, said, ‘Friends are friends forever… He was so kind. He was gentle. He was for the underdog. If he did something great, he never bragged about it.”