This Mother’s Day, my mom shared a song on Facebook that brought me to tears. Like sobbing tears.
It describes my mother’s influence in my life so beautifully. She did put the music in me. In all that we did. From learning our telephone number as preschoolers, to all the primary songs, to family talent show numbers, to watching her feel the Spirit as she sang sacrament hymns, to encouragement in every musical endeavor of my own. And through the music, I learned how to love life, how push on through hard times, what the gospel meant to her and to me, and so much more.
Fabulous high school choir directors changed my heart through songs like this one.
When I sang “..and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”, my spirit soared and I was determined to live for that blessing. (Listen to it with your eyes closed and I promise you’ll find yourself at least a few inches off the ground.)
To pay for my college expenses, I sold educational books door-to-door for 80 hours/week every summer. (So much fun, right?!) In a nutshell: Sweltering heat, dogs literally biting (not one of my “Favorite Things”), pouring rain, a few less-than-friendly people, lots of rejection and discouragement. “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” became the background music of my second summer, running through my mind at every door. “Who, who can understand? He, only one.” Summer #4 was filled with Hillary Weeks reminding me that “He will move mountains, He will work miracles….his arms are open still, and when I can’t, I know He will.” And this one could get me out of my own problems and thinking of others every time.
As a young women’s president in northern France, I pled with the Lord to know how to overcome logistical problems facing our group’s level of activity. Every possibility seemed too difficult, too much for me to handle. As I drove home from a stake training meeting, I sang “I Stand All Amazed” and found my answer. “….such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget? No, no! I will praise and adore at the mercy seat, until at the glorified throne I kneel at His feet.” I would do whatever it took to show that I would not forget, and to offer that kind of love and devotion in every calling I held.
When we wanted to share a slide show of service rendered by the amazing sisters in another branch in central France, I was so thankful to find this song by Jenny Phillips that continues to inspire my own daughters, “sois loyale, fille d’un roi…sa fille aimée, son héritière….il t’invite maintenant à prendre ta place devant son trône pour toujours …et tu verras ce qu’il fera de toi un jour…toi, fille d’un roi.”
And so it contunues through every phase of life. Music enlightens my mind, opens my heart to joyful and humbling impressions of the Spirit, and fills my soul. I would love to create a space here at Ruby Girl where we can share the music that changes our hearts and moves us to love God and serve others. From personal experience, I know it can be especially difficult to find LDS/Christian music in other languages. So as a starting point, here is the foreign language page on Jenny Phillips’ site.
What songs/composers/musical experiences have helped you feel the Lord’s love for you and changed you for good?
Do you know of composers/websites that offer inspirational music in other languages?