And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Just over two years ago, I attended a ward conference in our stake when I was serving as stake Sunday School president. The bishop of the ward was a member of the ward choir, which sang several hymns during the conference. The bishop's turn to speak came immediately after the choir had sung a hymn. The bishop's first words as he began his talk were, "Brothers and sisters, I would like to begin my talk by singing from the scriptures." He caught his blooper and responded, "I mean, I would like to begin my talk by reading from the scriptures. You are not going to hear a solo out of me!"
Those words, "singing from the scriptures," caused me to think about where the words "sing" and "song" appear in the scriptures. Alma 5:26 was the verse that came to my mind. I felt that I should listen attentively to the bishop's talk (and the other talks to be given), but the words "singing from the scriptures" kept going through my mind. Then the scripture Hebrews 12:2 came to my mind, in which one of the titles given to the Savior, Jesus Christ, is "the author and finisher of our faith." I found myself pondering on these two scriptures, putting their messages together. As a result of this pondering, I wrote the following words in the margins of the pages in both Alma 5 and Hebrews 12: "Jesus is the Author and Composer of the song of redeeming love."
This is the unusual experience I had in pondering the scriptures, coming after the bishop's error, one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had in studying the scriptures. Gary Lloyd Christensen, DeRidder, Louisiana.
"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail: [email protected]