Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Musing 34, Power of Music


      For months I have been in kind of a funk, feeling blue and discouraged.  I've been able to function pretty well until yesterday, when the mood really settled in.  I could feel myself be pulled down emotionally, kind of like having a blanket thrown over you.  I just wanted to hide under it. I  hid in my office, sewed,  had some chocolate, and watched an old movie.
     This morning  is a quiet Sunday with an afternoon Stake (area) Conference meeting.  I have no other obligations due to a change in ward (congregation) geographical boundaries.  The changes affect me, so I'm kind of in limbo.  I took the time to make some oatmeal pancakes while listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
      As I listened I could feel my heart change.  I began to feel the Spirit, the Holy Ghost, again.  The clouds blanketing my mood began to dissipate, and I could spiritually understand many things that have been bothering me.  I began to have impressions, ideas from the Spirit, come to me, and I jotted them down.  I felt comfort, peace, and that the Lord loves me and is aware of my personal struggles.  I felt my testimony of and my love for Him.
     I am reminded of the power of appropriate music, appropriate meaning sacred music and/or any other music that we love which can serve as a conduit for the Spirit ( I have a handful of soft rock songs that work).  We can be ministered to through good music.  As I pondered this, I thought of the name Ministry of Magic from the Harry Potter books.  We have access to another kind of magic which is real--music.  It can be used for good or bad.  We can even choose to serve God through  the Ministry of Music.  This can be done in a multitude of ways, from choosing to listen to good music, performing such, or participating in church service through music (such as singing hymns).
     Good music  has the potential to touch and change hearts.  Music can provide the atmosphere to learn spiritual truths and receive personal guidance.  Music can be a prayer.  Music has the potential to prepare our spirits to connect to God.

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In addition to being a violist, I am a wife and mother (three sons). I dabble in writing, handwork, sewing and photography.