I am trying to improve the quality of my Sacrament Meeting experience. I think this desire has been inspired by the great Sacrament Meetings we have had in our ward lately. Palm Sunday was great - our high council speaker was awesome, along with a great talk by the Bishop's daughter. Then Easter Sunday one of our top ten favorites of all time spoke - the "W" family. They did an awesome job, along with the youth speaker. All wonderful talks that focused on the Savior. We also had beautiful inspiring music.
Often the music we sing is the most uplifting and inspiring to me. Today in Sacrament Meeting we sang hymns from my childhood - oldies but goodies. I was touched by the opening hymn,"Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer" - especially in light of some the events of the last little while.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer, Thy sweet message now impart.
May thy Spirit, pure and fervid, Enter every timid heart;
Carry there the swift conviction, Turning back the sinful tide.
Precious Savior dear Redeemer, May each soul in thee abide.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer, We are weak but thou art strong;
In thy infinite compassion, Stay the tide of sin and wrong.
Keep thy loving arms around us; Keep us in the narrow way.
Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer, Let us never from thee stray.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer, Thou wilt bind the broken heart.
Let not sorrow overwhelm us; Dry the bitter tears that start.
Curb the winds and calm the billows; Bid the angry tempest cease.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer, Grant us everlasting peace.
This last verse brought to mind the messages of the last two weeks. Too often we think we can handle things ourselves, and what we need to do is turn to the Savior. Only He can truly understand all that we are going through and has the power to comfort and sustain us when the world lets us down.