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March 12, 2023 - #4878 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductors: Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy
Organist: Andrew Unsworth
Announcer: Lloyd D. Newell

“Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”
Music: Ryan Murphy
Lyrics: Henry F. Lyte

“Look Up” from Life Songs
Music: Ryan Murphy
Lyrics: Howard A. Walter

Prelude on “Pisgah” (organ solo)
Music: Dale Wood

“This Is My Father’s World”
Music: Franklin L. Sheppard
Lyrics: Maltbie D. Babcock
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot1
Music and lyrics: Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster
Italian lyrics by Alberto Testa and Tony Renis

“Press Forward, Saints”2
Music: Vanja Y. Watkins
Lyrics: Marvin K. Gardner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg    

  1. From the album Heavensong.
  2. From the album Let Us All Press On.

The Spoken Word

A Spiritual Awakening

Most would agree that the world today seems to be in turmoil. Troubling events large and small swirl around us, from war to poverty to natural disasters. During such tragedies, it’s inspiring to see compassionate people come to the rescue. Humble heroes see others in need and provide essentials like food and shelter, but they also provide something less tangible—though not less essential: they give hope. And quite often, that hope comes from faith in God. People need physical strength to rebuild their homes, but they need spiritual strength to rebuild their future. Food and water sustain life, but spirituality gives life meaning.1

Nearly 100 years ago, the world was in the midst of a different kind of disaster—an economic crisis that came to be known as the Great Depression. As United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt faced the task of rebuilding the nation, he recognized the need for spiritual strength in the people he led. “No greater thing could come to our land today,” he said, “than a revival of the spirit of religion—a revival that would sweep through the homes of the nation and stir the hearts of men and women of all faiths to a reassertion of their belief in God and their dedication to His will for themselves and for their world.”

The president concluded with a truth that feels relevant to today’s troubles: “I doubt if there is any problem—social, political or economic—that would not melt away before the fire of such a spiritual awakening.”2

What does it mean to be awakened spiritually? It means to open our eyes to the needs of others and to God’s goodness all around us. It means to rise up in defense of truth and in defense of the vulnerable. It means to clothe ourselves in what the Apostle Paul called “the whole armour of God”—surrounding ourselves with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and the word of God.3 Such spiritual preparation doesn’t make our troubles go away, any more than armor ends a war. But it does help us to stand strong, no matter what. It gives us hope, perspective, and peace during tumultuous times.

  1. See Gérald Caussé, “Perspective: The Sustaining Power of Faith in Times of Crisis,” Deseret News, Feb. 21, 2022,
  2. “Radio Address on Brotherhood Day, February 23, 1936,” in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1938), 5:86; cited in Gérald Caussé, “The Sustaining Power of Faith in Times of Crisis,”
  3. See Ephesians 6:11–17.