June 27, 2021 - #4789 Music & the Spoken Word
The Music & the Spoken Word broadcast airs live via TV, radio, and internet stream on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. mountain time. For information on other airtimes, visit “Airing Schedules” at musicandthespokenword.org.
This encore performance of Music & the Spoken Word has been specially selected for airing while the Choir and Orchestra are practicing social distancing. It contains a new Spoken Word written and delivered by Lloyd Newell.
Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Brian Mathias
Announcer: Lloyd Newell
“Let There Be Light!”
Music: Gilbert M. Martin
Lyrics: John Marriott
“For the Beauty of the Earth”1
Music: John Rutter
Lyrics: Folliott S. Pierpoint
“Finale” from Symphony no. 6 (organ solo)
Music: Charles-Marie Widor
“The Sound of Music” from The Sound of Music
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris
“Awake and Arise, All Ye Children of Light”
Music: Welsh tune
Lyrics: David Warner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
“It Is Well with My Soul”2
Music: Philip P. Bliss
Lyrics: Horatio G. Spafford
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
The Spoken Word
The Armor of Light
Sometimes we might look at events going on in the world—or in our own lives—and see darkness. It may even seem like the darkness is bound to get worse in the days ahead.
Even though this feels like a modern problem, it isn’t. Darkness has always been a problem in this world, and light has always been the answer. Centuries ago, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “Now it is high time to awake out of sleep. … The night is far spent,” he went on to say. “The day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11–12).
That sounds like perfect counsel for our day. Distress about the present too often leads to a kind of sleepy apathy about the future. What we need is a wake-up call to open our eyes to the goodness around us. Then we can put on light like a suit of armor, preparing us to push through darkness with hope for better days ahead.
The truth is, light shines more brilliantly, more hopefully, against the backdrop of dark times. For example, this global pandemic, with all of its sadness and heartache, has allowed humanity’s greatness to stand out in inspiring ways. Scientists have worked around the clock to deliver vaccines in record time. Health care professionals, teachers, and so many others have selflessly served their communities. Neighbors have helped each other as never before.
Many families have noticed that they are closer today than when the pandemic started. They cherish relationships more, they value memories shared with loved ones, and they look for ways to extend love and caring to others. While they’ve done more physical distancing, in some ways they’ve been more emotionally connected.
Maybe it’s time, as the ancient prophet Isaiah said, to “awake, awake, [and] put on strength” (Isaiah 51:9). We will certainly need strength in the future as we have in the past—the strength that comes from looking for the good and holding on to faith, from treating people with compassion and respect, from putting on “the armor of light.” Protected by such light, we can know that even when all is dark around us, all is well with our soul.