Day 7: #LightTheWorld with Music

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When my little Charlie R. was born I did not meet him right away. But when meeting him a couple of weeks later and I got to hold him, one of the first things I did was sing to him.

That little bundle has become a big bundle of delightful joy. My little Wall Ball. He is almost 17 months old and I am still singing him to sleep with the very first lullaby I ever sang to him. 

Now it is Christmas time. He is old enough to absorb the wonderful time of year that it is. He loves music. He loves to break out into a dance when he hears something he likes playing.

It is a great time of year to play and sing fun songs, songs of joy, and songs of hope to light the world with His Glory.

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A day of peace and rest

It is the Sunday following the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation. It is the first Sunday that I have had less on my mind for weeks so it was a great day of peace and rest, relatively speaking. After all, I still had part in Sharing Time today. 

Still, as I reflect upon this glorious Sabbath Day, my heart is filled with peace and rest. Memories of the spirit of the CSMP linger. The sermons in Sacrament Meeting by Stephen NeSmith, Jr and Bishop Wardell linger in my heart.

The following songs express my thoughts, in since prayer to a loving Heavenly Father for his tender blessing of mercy, for truly He knows my needs, precisely, and I am ready to take on a new day, a week with sincere appreciation for life itself. 

Truly, “the Lord will do wonders among you” and me. 

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On a Christmas music roll

I love the feeling at Christmas time. Getting ready for the 2017 Montgomery Interfaith Nativity has really put me in the Christmas music mood that I have been playing some clips and past television programs. 

The MoTab always has a variety of musical talent every year. Usually they focus on classical singers one year and then more contemporary/broadway artists the next.  Richard Elliot at the organ is absolutely fascinating to watch and listen to in this clip as he interacts with Count von Count from Sesame Street:

Perry Como specials were always fun to watch back in the day. 

And of course Andy Williams always had a marvelous program too. 

One of my favorite memories is the story of The Christmas Truce, featuring the hymn Silent Night: 

On that note, enjoy The Story of Silent Night here.

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Receiving, Remembering, Renewing

So much has happened in the last twenty-four hours. With the tragedy in Las Vegas unfolding I wanted to post something of hope, those sacred things to focus upon.

Press Forward Saints sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (I love this hymn!)

Elder David A. Bednar – General Conference, October 2017 

I love listening to Elder Bednar. He speaks so that I have to be focused on, really listening to, the words and phrasing he uses in his sermons.  This sermon is no different and I remember being excited to see his talk summary posted so quickly after he spoke. However, what I truly look forward to is the entire text of this particular sermon being posted here.

What strikes me about this sermon today is that it was delivered in the Sunday Morning Session of General Conference yesterday.  

 

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Sunday: A break from the dreary world

I love to spend my time, when not in Church on Sunday, listening to General Conference sermons and Music & the Spoken Word.

Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake

To guide the future as he has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know

His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Hymn 124: Be Still My Soul

There is great joy in resting from one’s labors, feasting on the words of Christ. And all He asks is that we give Him one day a week.

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Chocolate Vanquishes Chaos

IMG_7455.JPGLike I said in my last post: Chocolate doesn’t ask stupid questions or make up faux news.  Chocolate vanquishes chaos. 

And uplifting music with a good tenor or three, and throw in a great baritone, helps add just the right ambience to the momentous experience.

Sam, I raise a Thin & Crispy Dark Chocolate Chip cookie to honor you and the thrill of the hunt. 

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