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Music & the Spoken Word: ‘The same care one for another’

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wisely said it this way: ‘Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,’ Lloyd Newell shares in this week’s ‘Music & the Spoken Word’

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Imagine what the world would be like if all had “the same care one for another,” Lloyd Newell shares in this week’s “Music & the Spoken Word.”

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Music & the Spoken Word: ‘The same care one for another’

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wisely said it this way: ‘Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,’ Lloyd Newell shares in this week’s ‘Music & the Spoken Word’

Rearview of diverse people hugging each other

Imagine what the world would be like if all had “the same care one for another,” Lloyd Newell shares in this week’s “Music & the Spoken Word.”

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Editor’s note: “The Spoken Word” is shared by Lloyd Newell each Sunday during the weekly Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square broadcast. This will be given on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.

Most of the world’s best work is done by teams. Whether at school, in the office, on the stage or on the ball field, the most effective teams deliver the best performances. Learning how to succeed means learning how to work together. And life provides so many great opportunities.

We are born into families — our first team, which at its best offers support, guidance and love. We attend school in classes, teams of sorts, where we learn alongside classmates and play a role in each other’s success. We enter the workforce and realize that we have limitations, but our coworkers have strengths that compensate, just as our strengths can complement others’ weaknesses. And in an even broader sense, we are all part of the same human family — learning together, working together on the same team.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in an address at Oberlin College, wisely said it this way: “All life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. … I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be” (“Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution,” Martin Luther King Jr.’ s commencement address at Oberlin College, June 1965, oberlin.edu.)

In other words, we need each other. Even the most skilled individuals can’t match what happens when a team of people with different skills caringly collaborates.

Anciently, the Apostle Paul compared our varied gifts to the different parts of the human body. We do best when all the different parts are working in harmony (see 1 Corinthians 12:14–20). Paul’s wisdom has great application to every person and every team: “There should be no [division] in the body; but … the members should have the same care one for another. And [if] one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:25–26).

Imagine what our world would be like if we had “the same care one for another,” if we saw each other as members of the same team. To paraphrase Dr. King’s words from another well-known speech, it would be a dream come true.

Tuning in …

The “Music & the Spoken Word” broadcast is available on KSL-TV, KSL Radio 1160AM/102.7FM, KSL.com, BYUtv, BYUradio, Dish and DirectTV, SiriusXM Radio (Ch. 143), the tabernaclechoir.org, youtube.com/TheTabernacleChoir and Amazon Alexa (must enable skill). The program is aired live on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on many of these outlets. Look up broadcast information by state and city at musicandthespokenword.com/viewers-listeners/airing-schedules.

 

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