Sunday, December 15, 2013

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Today was a wonderful Sabbath. The topics we covered in our lessons drew us closer to God and reminded us of the blessings granted us by the Lord. Our annual sacrament meeting Christmas program was held today.  It is an hour of song by the choir mixed with scriptures about the birth of Christ. Sarah came back today to sing with our choir. She has a wonderful soprano voice. It was a delight to have Nathan and Hannah there today. When I was in the foyer headed into sacrament meeting, I saw Nathan coming in the door. He ran over to me yelling "Grandma Liz," Grandma Liz," Grandma Liz," Grandma Liz!!" Of course much hugging and kissing occurs with that kind of greeting. Just then the bishop's door flung open and Jim walked out saying "Nathan!!" He heard Nathan from in his office. Then there was much "Grandpa Jim" exuberance. Jim and I truly delight in these children.

The choir sand some wonderful songs today. One of them was sung by all the Young Men and Young Women and their leaders. It was a gentle, melancholy song. When it was over Hannah looked at me and said, "again." She wanted them to sing it again. That's the power of a song that invites the Spirit.

Toward the end of the program, the choir sang the Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. They did a great job. The audience could sing if they knew it. I know most of it without music and so I sang softly while holding Hannah as we all stood. When we sat down, Hannah said over and over again, "Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia." I tried to silence her a little because the narrators were not far from us narrating scripture and Hannah was saying "alleluia" over and over again quite loudly. I looked at Gregory and we both had tears in our eyes. We understood the significance.

I was reminded of the scripture about the children from Matthew, "And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?" Matthew 21: 15:16. I also thought about the scripture from the Book of Mormon relating a similar thing: "Behold, it came to pass on the morrow that the multitude gathered themselves together, and they both saw and heard these children; yea, even babes did open their mouths and utter marvelous things; and the things which they did utter were forbidden that there should not any man write them." 3Nephi 26:16

Hannah is not even 1 1/2 yet. She said "alleluia" over and over again. It was very touching. It really was perfected praise because it was so innocent and so beautiful. I will never be able to hear the Hallelujah Chorus again without thinking of Hannah's example of perfected praise.

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