Lord of Humble Creatures

Are we humble enough to want to be found by Jesus when we stray?  Will we come home willingly and gratefully?

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Are we humble enough to want to be tucked under His wing, so to speak, for protection?

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Do we ask for His guidance, and figuratively reach up to take His hand to walk the path of life?  Do we welcome correction?  Have we put off the natural man and become “a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father”? (Mosiah 3:19)

It’s not so easy, sometimes. . . .

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This song reminds us of how much we need our Savior.  The beautiful music was composed by my sister Celia, who had my name for Christmas one year, so I begged her to write a tune for my lyric as my Christmas present.  She did a lovely job.  There are 8 children in our family, so she won’t have my name for 7 more years.   🙂

 

Lord of Humble Creatures (text)

 

 

Lord of Humble Creatures (sheet music)

Behold, How the Splendor of Zion Arises

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I have always loved reading near-death experiences. The interaction between humans and beings beyond the veil is fascinating to me.  I have devoured these stories, beginning with one of the best, Return from Tomorrow, by George Ritchie, then continuing on with Raymond Moody’s books and others that have been written in the last 2 decades or so. Recently, Visions of Glory gave me so much to think about, that I haven’t felt to seek out more NDE books. It’s the first time I’ve been able to get a glimpse of what it might be like to get from here to the city of Zion. And even more to the point, what it takes to become a person who can live there, with Christ.  Ruminating on these ideas led to the following hymn text, which earned Special Recognition in the 2015 LDS Music Contest.

Behold, How the Splendor of Zion Arises

by Laurel R. Frost
Behold, how the splendor of Zion arises;
The gospel sweeps over the earth, as foretold.
The Savior commissions His minist’ring servants
To gather the righteous, the sheep of His fold.

Obedience ever to follow the Spirit
Will bring us back into God’s presence again,
And nothing on earth can compare with such rapture;
How small will seem all of our sacrifice then!

For Jesus will dwell in the midst of His people;
Temptation and sorrow forever will cease.
Then we will be Zion, with no poor among us,
The City of Holiness, glory, and peace.

And, lo, in her grandeur, the city of Enoch
Descends as we join them to worship Him Crowned,
And surely among Father’s endless creations
A happier people will never be found.

Chorus:

Give me a heart that delighteth in Zion.
Give me a soul that finds joy in Thy word.
Give me glad feet that make haste to Thy bidding,
And eyes single but to Thy glory, O Lord.

My Voice Thou Shall Hear In the Morning, O Lord

Last year, I emailed Daniel Carter (who I had never met) and invited him to look over the lyrics on this website and see if he would be interested in collaborating on something. He said he would try to get to it, but was very busy (understatement!), and actually, what he really was looking for was a lyric that could be used for a Thanksgiving song–one that came from the viewpoint of a person who had had a really bad year.

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I took that as an assignment, and began to work.  The challenge with this sort of text is balancing the pathos and the faithful determination to move forward despite pain.  I knew that the title needed to be phrased in a positive way, and I found inspiration in Psalms 5:3–“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord,” which had a nice dactylic cadence. I wanted the song to speak to people with any number of problems, up to and including the worst things ever. I wanted it to point them to Christ, the true Healer, and give them a vehicle with which to praise Him in submission, despite every trial.

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My friend, text veteran Toni Thomas, mentored me with feedback (thank you!) until I had a finished product that was worth Dan’s time.  Later, he created a beautifully moving setting that is available at HolySheetMusic.

http://holysheetmusic.com/music/my-voice-thou-shall-hear-in-the-morning/

Thanks, Dan!

You can listen here:

 

And here are the lyrics by themselves:

My Voice Thou Shall Hear in the Morning

The Lord, He is Our God

Recently I’ve been thinking about how lovely it will be when devout Jews, Muslims, and the sincere saints of all religions will join Christians in knowing that the Savior is God—that we are all worshiping the same, true, mighty Lord.  One day on the Mount of Olives,  He will show his wounds and reveal Himself as the Savior, while the Jews mourn that their ancestors did not recognize or honor Him.

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I imagine an amazing choir made of men from all these faiths singing to our Savior with a shout: “The Lord, He is our God!”  Imagine as the groups echo each other–

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“The Lord, He is our God!”

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The Lord, He is our God!”

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“The Lord, He is our God!”

 

I wrote this hymn text to reflect our allegiance to God as brothers and sisters from all cultures, all times of the world’s history, all religions, all races.  He is the God of all and we will all one day be united in our worship of Him.

Thank you to Benjamin Cole for the beautiful music!

 

The Lord, He is Our God (text)

The Lord, He Is Our God (sheet music)

 

 

 

O Lord, Be Thou My Shepherd

This is a hymn text written especially for the 12-Step Program, although it also applies to anyone who has ever sinned.

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In 2013 a family in our ward was seriously struggling due to the husband’s addictions (among other character lapses).  I thought and prayed a great deal about this family, as the wife was (is) a close friend, and I cared deeply about them, hoping they could pull things together before it was too late, especially for the sake of their three children.  I also thought a lot about addictions in general, and how the adversary chains us down, before we are even aware.

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As I began writing this hymn text, I imagined each of us as a lamb chained down with no way to rescue ourselves.  Each of us, no matter what we have done or not done, is 100% dependent on the Lord’s saving power, through His atoning sacrifice.

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