Moments of Music

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Music and I are often in a love-hate relationship.

Growing up playing the piano, there were times when I blinked through tears and sobs, frustrated and ready to quit after sitting practicing at the piano for over 2 hours. Other times, I'd walk off the performance stage, holding a competition trophy in my hands, and the world couldn't have been brighterAnd again, there were times when I let the recital hall door close behind me, knowing that the judges weren't impressed, and my 10 year old ego was crushed

And yet, after all these years of success and failure, love and hate, winning and losing, and hours and hours of practicing, I still crave smooth ivory keys and the chance to turn silence into song.

To me, playing the piano has always been a form of expression. If I'm anxious, I'll sit and play Chopin till I'm content while Beethoven's my go-to when I'm happy and confident. Mozart if I'm particular, Liszt if I'm daring, and Debussy if I'm relaxed. What can I say.


Since becoming a full-time missionary, I've come to appreciate more and more the spiritual power of music. I've fallen in love with its ability to convey testimony, love, and praise to God.

Just this past week, I was able to perform "How Great Thou Art" for our congregation (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) on Sunday, and it was an incredible opportunity! Practicing and subsequently performing that hymn has reminded me once again of the goodness of God in my life, and in each of His children's lives. He truly is aware of us, knows and loves us, and the evidence of His love is all around us if we look for it. And I am so grateful for that love!

Being able to convey my love and appreciation for Him through music is worth all the years of practicing, struggling, rehearsing, and learning. He truly means everything to me, and how blessed I feel to know that I mean everything to Him!

Perhaps my favorite verse from that hymn is the last, which reads,

 "When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration

And there proclaim, my God how great thou art!'"


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