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March 21, 2021 - #4775 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: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“I Think the World Is Glorious”1
Music: Alexander Schreiner
Lyrics: Anna Johnson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“If the Savior Stood Beside Me”1
Music and Lyrics: Sally DeFord
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

“Hornpipe,” from Water Music (organ solo)
Music: George Frideric Handel
Arrangement: Carl McKinley

“O Light of Life”2,3
Music: Mack Wilberg 
Lyrics: David Warner

“No Man Is an Island”
Music and Lyrics: Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer
Arrangement: Michael Davis

“On a Wonderful Day Like Today”
Music and Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

“Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah”3
Music: John Hughes
Lyrics: William Williams
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD Teach Me to Walk in the Light.
  2. On the CDs Heavensong and Mack Wilberg: Requiem and Other Choral Works.
  3. On the CD Let Us All Press On.

The Spoken Word

Those Who Are Prepared

Common sense is not always common practice. We know we need to be prepared for rainy days in the future, and yet we put it off. We wait, we forget, or we think the stormy weather won’t come any time soon. But then it comes, as it always does—sooner or later, in one way or another, to us all. 

As we’ve all learned, the world can change in an instant. As the pandemic has spread, spiking here and there, it has brought with it other problems large and small. Challenges aren’t known for waiting their turn, and so on top of everything else, we’ve seen natural disasters, social unrest, and economic problems all accelerating at an unusual pace. With the chaos and uncertainty around us, we’ve all felt the need to check our temporal, emotional, and spiritual reserves. 

Wisdom can be found in the truth that if we are prepared, we need not fear. True, we can’t anticipate every event, every calamity, that may come our way. But when there’s so much about life that we cannot control, we can control our preparation. 

How? What are some realistic and practical things we can do now to better prepare?

We can try to cut back just a bit each month to set aside a little money or food for a future day of need. Perhaps we can strengthen our relationships—and build new ones—so when dark times come, we have an emotional support network. We can prepare mentally by striving to be a lifelong learner, by looking for ways to stretch our mind and expand our understanding. Emotionally, we can prepare by promoting peace and kindness, shunning contention and animosity in its many forms. And we can fortify ourselves spiritually by turning to God—the One we can always trust and rely on—praying and pondering with more gratitude and a broader, more eternal perspective.

There’s no better time than now to get started on the path to preparedness. Step by step, little by little, careful preparation will give us a sense of security and confidence—and a greater measure of peace. Even in frightening times, those who are prepared will not fear.