#LightTheWorld: The song of the righteous

The music in our Sacrament Meeting was really wonderful today. I always love it when the congregation gets to sing a lot on Christmas day! It was absolutely joyous!

  • Opening Hymn: Joy to the World
  • Sacrament Hymn: Jesus, Once of Humble Birth
  • Congregation: Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Choir: Still, Still, Still
  • Special Number, The Hoyt Family: When Joseph Went to Bethlehem and Once Within A Lowly Stable
  • Special Musical Number, Flute – Kristen Lind accompanied by Mary Ann Crabtree: Silent Night
  • Congregation: The First Noel
  • Women’s Choir: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • Congregation: Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Choir: Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains
  • Choir, Congregation joins on Verse 3: O Holy Night
  • Closing Hymn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

In my Church we are taught that the song of the righteous is a prayer unto God. That scripture makes me think often about the kind of music I listen to and sing. Especially when we are also taught that we must watch and pray always.

I want to be praying to the one, true God, not false ones.

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#WCTH #Hearties: Possible heresy, I know

via Daily Prompt: Torn

Yesterday I had time to get on to Netflix and saw that Season 4 of When Calls The Heart was available. Beginning with When Calls The Heart Christmas, I watched it and all of the season four episodes between last night and today. 

So let me get this out of the way. I am torn between truly enjoying the series and rolling my eyes at the endless stretching that goes on with some of the storylines. I think if I hear “you’ve done so much for this town” to stretch a scene one more time I will gag myself with a spoon!

Heresy, I know, but sometimes the women-power and the Elizabeth-Jack thing just gets to be too, too…. obnoxiously drawn out in a way that seems culturally progressive. Sometimes I wonder: What type of an agenda are the writers pushing?

Then there is the push-me-pull-you-socially-conscience agenda that rears it head with little about true, honest capitalism playing a part in the financial aid episodes. It would be wonderful to see equal emphasis given to stories about the people expected to handout aid and how they have to live on a budget and struggle. A storyline on a donor’s business failing would be a great storyline, not a rich person failing but an average, small business failure-starting over from nothing story. 

Of course I love Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing but puh-lease. Crank-up the speed a bit on this engagement-wedding thing already. 

I love Jack Wagner‘s character, Bill Avery. Bill is a type of an old school western character. It seems to suit Wagner really well, especially in S4 episodes. 

I love the romance and chivalry in WCTH. I love Mark Humphrey and Paul Greene in the cast. I like that Mark’s character is a manly-man and look forward to seeing Paul Greene’s character develop.

It would be great to see more fall-in-love-and-get-married-already-work-at-the-marriage storylines happening. Some traditional storylines of love and marriage without all of the drama to get there would be nice. Or even if a married couple with children were to move in, or bring back Julie Thatcher and Tom Thornton. And what about Jack’s mom? Brooke Shields needs a comeback story too. 

I loved seeing the storyline with Josie Bissett‘s character, AJ Foster. Was hoping she could stick around a bit longer. Maybe she will come back?  What adventurous possibilities there are for a fun, long-running storyline with AJ and Bill

I love Lori Loughlin in the show. She is adorable, charming, and her character is relatively grounded now the seasons have moved on. The kindly power struggle is nice to see. It is even nicer she is not some man-basher, a bit more mature character.

There is a lot more that I love, like the mature writing that takes place in developing the characters, their stories, the human interactions. I love the writing when it is clear regarding faith in God, Divine Providence, and not so much on fate or destiny. I love the faith, hope, and charity themes, of forgiveness when they have appropriate time to be developed. 

It will be interesting to see where Season 5 takes it. There is a lot of potential for WCTH to have a healthy run if the writing and storylines consistently improve. There are some great, mature actors and actresses that deserve more than soap opera storylines. The opportunity to write great, wholesome, traditional-family-working-together stories is there if the writers have the will to spiritually go there, just like Della Reese and Roma Downy did in Touched by an Angel

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Day 4: #LightTheWorld ~ Love thy neighbor

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#25Days25Ways

A thoughtful challenge every day, well, most days. Some days I am realizing that just living my daily life produces some good things on a regular basis, daily. 

I do not need the reminder to do something good or kind every day. Some days, it is simply built into how I live my life so the reminder becomes, “You are doing just fine.” 

Thank Heavens for the New and Improved me, well, at least for today.

  • #SecretService
  • #LightTheWorld
  • #DoingGoodIsAPleasure
  • #Anonymous
  • #25Days25Ways

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Little light, big light.

Tonight Paul Hernandez gave a great sermon on a variety of sizes and intensity of lights as they related to his life and in things he has observed. It made me smile. He made me remember.

When I lived in Germany it took me a while to get over jet lag. Drove my Honey-do crazy. He had to put down the rolladens (video below) to make the place pitch black and turn his alarm away from my being able to see the glow of the clock for the faintest stream of light would wake me up.

Any tiny, faint stream of light would make me panic that he had overslept and I would wake him up at three or four in the morning telling him to wake up, his alarm had not gone off.

Still cracks me up. 

So when Paul Hernandez made his point to #LightTheWorld with the light which we carry, no matter the size of the light that burns within us, even the tiniest, little light can be a source of great happiness, of comfort, of joy for someone else.

Do not hide it under a bushel. Embrace #25Days25Ways

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#LightTheWorld 2017: #LetThereBeLight

It was a great way to celebrate Christmas last year

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and so we plan to do it again this year!

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If you have not yet seen Kevin and Sam Sorbo’s movie, Let There Be Light, please make it part of your holiday celebration for Thanksgiving as a kickstarter to get you into the Christmas Spirit of serving others. 

PLEASE REMEMBER THE MONTGOMERY INTERFAITH NATIVITY EXHIBIT!

  1. If you have a nativity that you would kindly share with the Interfaith Community register online here. Drop off is Saturday and Monday!
  2. The Children’s Art Contest drop off is also this Saturday and Monday. Download your entry here. 
  3. Please, come share the joy in this season of hope and miracles. Be the light that draws not just children, but all unto Christ.

 

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The World is Mine: Gratitude

Many, many years ago, as a teen or pre-teen, I memorized The World is Mine by Dr. Tennyson Guyer. The poem came back to my mind as I was reminded of the amazing real-life story of Captain Sam Brown the other day.

Perhaps you can understand why I have so little compassion for consistently whining people. It is not the pain or sorrow that I lack the empathy for, it is the constant whining. Honestly, I do not even like myself when I whine, and I do my fair share of it.

Truly, we each must, if we are to find the happiness we desire, place our will on the alter thereby giving up our will for His: 

“…the submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. The many other things we “give,” brothers and sisters, are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. However, when you and I finally submit ourselves, by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him! It is the only possession which is truly ours to give!”  Neal A. Maxwell

It all begins with gratitude. If we want to get to that place of giving up our will, then truly we must Recognize, Remember, and Give Thanks“. If we are alive, we have reason to celebrate, to count our many blessings, to find joy in the simple gifts of life. 

I am thankful for the many people in this world who exemplify the Can-Do Spirit. There are many amazing people all around who will never know how their lives have touched mine.

Thank you for turning to God in your extremities. Thank you for your example of being lifted up as on wings of eagles. Thank you for your faithfulness, tenacity, and witness of a loving Heavenly Father through His tender mercies.

The World is Mine

Today upon a bus I saw
A girl with golden hair;
She seemed so gay, I envied her,
And wish that I were half so fair;
I watched her as she rose to leave,
And saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and wore a crutch,
But as she passed—a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two legs—the world is mine.

Later on I bought some sweets.
The boy who sold them had such charm,
I thought I’d stop and talk awhile.
If I were late, t’would do no harm.
And as we talked he said,
“Thank you, sir, you’ve really been so kind.
It’s nice to talk to folks like you
Because, you see, I’m blind”
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two eyes—the world is mine

Later, walking down the street,
I met a boy with eyes so blue.
But he stood and watched the others play;
It seemed he knew not what to do.
I paused, and then I said,
“Why don’t you join the others, dear?”
But he looked straight ahead without a word,
And then I knew, he couldn’t hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two ears—the world is mine.

Two legs to take me where I go,
Two eyes to see the sunset’s glow,
Two ears to hear all I should know,
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I’m blest, indeed, the world is mine.

                   —Dr. Tennyson Guyer

 

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