Music & Spoken Word: “Let’s All Carry On”

Editor’s Note: “The Spoken Word” is shared by Lloyd Newell every Sunday during the weekly broadcast of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. This will be given on Sunday March 19, 2023.

The scriptures offer wise and loving counsel for every situation in life. However, when these situations become particularly delicate or complex, we naturally worry about doing the wrong thing. We might ask, “What does God want me to do?”

Long ago, the Old Testament prophet Micah gave a clear and simple answer: “What does the Lord require of you but to act righteously, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

These three principles—being righteous, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God—are like a roadmap that can lead us to peace, happiness, and harmonious relationships. Think about how our lives and the lives of others would be changed with more fairness, compassion, and humility.

Recently a family had their heart broken by one of their own. Trust was shaken and feelings were hurt – and unfortunately it wasn’t the first time. They felt helpless and hopeless. How are they supposed to progress? They found that these three biblical principles—justice, mercy, and humility—pointed the way.

They turned to the Lord in humility, seeking His peace and a broader perspective. Out of justice and fairness to themselves, they carefully set boundaries and took precautions to protect themselves. But they did so with a merciful heart, with no intent to punish or retaliate. They humbly sought to walk with God and do what they thought He wanted them to do.

In all their endeavors, they drew inspiration from the words of a favorite Tabernacle Choir hymn:

“Let us all go forward in the work of the Lord,
“So that after life we ​​may have a reward. …
“An invisible Pow’r will help me and you. …
“If we do the right thing, we need not fear
“For the Lord our helper will always be near.”
(See “Let Us All Press On,” Hymns, no. 243.)

We may not always get it right when we try to balance justice, mercy, and humility. But we can move on, trusting in the help from above and reassured by the promise that God will be with us as we do our best to do what is right.

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