I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from The Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity - the pure love of Christ - will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.
- President Marion G. Romney

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Song of the Righteous; A prayer unto Me- Hymn 223

I've been thinking about an idea for about a week now. And I've decided enough thinking! Time to act. Even if I'm the only one who comments; it's like a church lesson, often times it's the teacher that needs to hear it most. But I'd like to encourage everyone to comment, we can learn a lot from each other.

So my idea was that I would pick a church Hymn. I love the Hymns. I once made it a goal to memorize my 25 most favorite hymns, all the verses. And I did. And then I picked 25 more. And 25 more. And then I decided to memorize the first and last verses of 25 more. I love it. It's a work in progress, but I have seen the blessings of it numerous times over.

Often times I've found myself in a scary situation; driving in a snow storm, riding in a taxi with my baby in anaphylactic shock, driving home late and I'm tired. Other times I've been in need of an answer to a prayer, a reminder that I'm loved or a way to calm a sad child. At those times (and countless others) I've been able to recall the beautiful words of the hymns. And I can testify that the song of the righteous is indeed a prayer. One that gives strength and delivers peace.

I LOVE the hymns. If you look on lds.org and search hymns you'll find that there are several references to blessings and power of hymns. The following was in the Liahona and the Ensign in 2007.

The Nourishing Power of Hymns by Elder Jay E. Jensen Of the Seventy

Last Sunday, as I was thinking about our Julie A. and Brigham and the rest of the family, I was feeling very far away from the situation. Boston-Utah. I felt completely helpless. I knew my prayers would be heard and felt, but how could my prayers become answers without physically being able to serve them, in person.

The situation was weighing heavily on my mind as I went to Sacrament meeting.

And then as our closing hymn, we sang 223 Have I Done any Good.

The words in the second verse resonated in my mind and heart all afternoon. "there are chances for work all around just now, opportunities right in our way. Do not let them pass by, saying Sometime I'll try. But go and do something, TODAY."

I knew I could do something right then. And something we did, but not all on our own. I was amazed at the effect our prayers had, doors were opened hearts were made available and many were blessed by serving. Even serving someone they didn't know directly. I was once again reminded that we are the serving hands of the Lord here on earth, when our hearts are able and willing, mountains can be moved.

The scriptures that go along with the hymn are

James 1:22, 27

27 Pure areligion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To bvisit the cfatherless and dwidows in their eaffliction, and to keep himself funspotted from gthe hworld.

22 But be ye adoers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.


Therefore, prepare ye the way of the Lord, for the time is at hand that all men shall reap a areward of their bworks, according to that which they have been—if they have been righteous they shall creap the salvation of their souls, according to the power and deliverance of Jesus Christ;

Please share your thoughts on the hymns and then pray to have your heart and mind open to the opportunities that are all around just now.


TaLaisa said...

I'm gonna comment. I just re-read this again, and I love in James where it tells us what pure religion is. It's in the loving and serving of those around us. And then to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. I think that in this application that keeping ourselves unspotted from the world means putting aside those thoughts that we'll help others 'when', when it's easy, when we have free time, when our life is perfect then we'll help.

When we are able to put aside those thoughts we can serve with the pure intent and be doers of the word and not hearers only.

Janelle said...

Hey TaLaisa, I loved this post. I've been thinking a lot about Julie too and I was happy to see this post in my Google reader.

Janelle said...

Oh and I love the Hymns too.

LA Adams said...

My very first song in Primary we learned for stake conference was "I Wonder When He Comes Again" and since it was embedded in my brain it has been used as a lullaby, a mantra, and help when I'm in trouble. My children have heard it all their lives as I rock them to sleep, at sick beds when I sit by, and as I mop up accidents. They know all the words though sometimes the tune goes sharp or fades. Every once in awhile the meaning comes through and makes me ponder on the Savior.

Greg and Wendy said...

Your inspirational post was an answer to my prayers of last night. Thank you! We are the Lord's hands and you certainly were in this case. I never cease to be amazed at His love and personal attention for each of us. Thanks also for your inspiration and prompt response in helping Julie and Stanton. We didn't know a soul in Boston or surrounding area. Thanks for your thoughtfulness and care.