12.21.2007

Christmas Joy in Music

Once again, it's all about the music for me. I'm listening to Amy Grant sing "Breath of Heaven" as I sit at the computer, and the line "Must I walk this path alone?" really jumped out at me (and covered me with goosebumps as well).


One thing I love about the gospel is that we know we don't have to walk alone. How thankful I am for that knowledge -- that Heavenly Father's hand is in each of our lives and will continue to be, as long as we allow it. What a tremendous gift.

Another piece of music really spoke to me last night as the ward choir rehearsed. The Angel's Carol by John Rutter is one of my favorites, probably because of the melding of beautiful words and music. (often you only get one or the other, but with John Rutter, you always get both). One phrase says :
"He will bring new light to a world in darkness,
Like a bright star shining in the skies above.
He will bring new hope to the waiting nations,
When He comes to reign in purity and love. "

I feel gratitude for the fact that He did come and I know it, and that He will come again and I know that too. He will bring hope, He will reign in purity and love and He has always been a bright star that brings light to a darkened world.

Henry Giles said, "A song will outlive all sermons in the memory". And it does. I think it lives in the heart, where it can be pondered and cherished again and again.

3 comments:

100 Percent Cottam said...

i love those songs, too. they choke me up every time. good thing i have my pinching spot to help me out with that...

Nat Lud said...

I adore the Amy Grant version of that song. It is such a beautiful song and she just does it with so much feeling. One of my favorites.

Jori said...

Awwww I just love Breath of Heaven.