For my sisters

…and anybody else who needs it tonight.

Not one sparrow is forgotten,
E’en the raven God will feed;
And the lily of the valley
From His bounty hath its need.
Then shall I not trust Thee, Father,
In Thy mercy have a share?
And through faith and prayer, my Mother,
Merit Thy protecting care?

                Shaker Hymn (Canterbury Shakers Hymnal, 1908)

Comments

  1. Love this. Thank you.

  2. christer1979 says:

    Thanks, lady.

  3. Beautiful. Thanks for this.

  4. So I’m curious, ladies, do you feel any differently now that you were able to watch PH live?? What is the real effect, if any, that this change has brought about, other than there was a more active thread about the PH session on this site than I have ever seen in prior years??

  5. Kristine, thank you. My heart was sore and it needed this.

  6. Rob, can we please wait and have that discussion another day?

  7. Yes, Rob, please let it drop in this thread.

    This is lovely, Kristine. We don’t see all of the issues surrounding some things in the same way, but this is lovely.

  8. Yes. Thank you.

  9. That was beautiful, and perfect.

  10. Inspired. Thank you, my dear.

  11. Kevin Barney says:

    How do you always manage to come up with these things? That was quite lovely.

  12. Kristine, you are a magical being. You give me hope for better things. Thank you.

  13. Cheryl McGuire says:

    Thank you Kristine. To hear our mother AND father sung to so beautifully . . . exquisite.

  14. Christopher says:

    Bless you, Kristine.

  15. Thanks, Kristine

  16. A tired and grateful mother says:

    Kristine, I am so overwhelmed with my little brood that I feel like I’m mostly in my own little world and some of the issues that you engage so wholeheartedly in seem like a distant breeze to me, but I just want to say thank you for your yearning and strong heart. My three young daughters thank you too.

  17. Thanks, Kristine.

  18. This lifted my heavy heart today. Beautiful. Thank you.

  19. Inspired Kristine. Thank you so much!

  20. Thanks for helping me battle the cynicism. I really don’t want to be that way. This soothes my beastly attitude so well. Blessings.

  21. My sleepless night. This is perfect. Thanks for the home teaching.

  22. That was beautiful. Thanks.

  23. melodynew says:

    Perfect. Settling for an unsettled heart. Thank you, Kristine.

  24. Marion Kristina says:

    Beautiful Balm of Gilead.
    I am so, so grateful for my sisters in Zion today.

  25. Just beautiful, Kristine — A Shaker hymn that comforts and includes in a way that “Invocation, or the Eternal Father and Mother” also affirms.

  26. Yes, mayalynn–sometimes I worry about reason staring googly-eyed at us all these decades that we don’t. get. it. :)

  27. Thanks, Kristine. I’m supposed to have a “Why I’m LDS” essay written for RS due today and after an emotionally exhausting GC I’m wondering how to write it. I just feel so tired of being in a church that wears me out. This was nice to hear.

  28. JD_Dancer says:

    Well this just makes me impatiently anticipate Kristine’s annual Music for Advent posts. :)

  29. Very soothing to the soul. Thank you.

  30. jessicacwang says:

    Reblogged this on Jessica Wang's Blog.

  31. Leonard R says:

    Thanks. I know it was for your sisters, but your brothers appreciated it too. :-)

  32. Leonard R says:

    And listening to it a second time, I saw your sub-title/note. Of course you had already included us. Thanks again.

  33. marginalizedmormon says:

    I just feel so tired of being in a church that wears me out. This was nice to hear.

    Thank you, MKOH, for putting into words what I have felt but haven’t been able to articulate–

  34. “I worry about reason staring googly-eyed at us all these decades that we don’t. get. it.”

    Does the “we” that don’t get it include you and other disappointed feminists? Or is it just a more polite way of saying “people that disagree with me, like the apostles”?

  35. Rechabite says:

    Thank you, Kristine. I definitely needed it.

  36. Publius, “we” is all of us. Whether you like it or not :)

  37. wreddyornot says:

    Thanks. Beautiful. Blessings to all brave, kind, and humble souls who try to soar and bloom.

  38. Mourning with those who mourn and comforting those who stand in need of comfort have no disclaimers or limitations. They are important even when the cause of the mourning and need of comfort aren’t understood or shared. In fact, I believe one of the truest measures of charity is how we act toward those who mourn and need comfort for reasons that we don’t understand or share.

  39. lesmblake says:

    That is a fantastic comment Ray.

  40. Alf O'Mega says:

    I long ago rebalanced my investments in the Church, selling off doctrine and committing the whole portfolio to community. This usually helps keep my membership from being a source of fatigue, but it does nothing to disperse the grief available to be shared. So if the choir has room for an empathetic baritone with an unpredictable vibrato, I’m in.

    Weak metaphors aside, I’m convinced that the most beautiful moments in music revolve around harmonic suspension. Thanks for another instance, Kristine.

  41. Thank you. I would have loved to link directly here from my facebook page, but am not up for dealing with the judgment I’ve unfortunately felt for expressing even emotional support for any group of Mormon feminists. But I linked to the video, and hope the message comes through, anyway. Music can touch hearts in ways that nothing else can.

  42. Thank you for sharing this beauty. It made me feel lighter–like I can breathe. Music is a window to the heavens.

  43. Lovely.

    MKOH and marginalizedmormon, I hear you. I was there on Saturday, though, and it was energizing and transformational for me, personally.

  44. So, are we allowed to discuss my question from early in the thread now? Which was:

    So I’m curious, ladies, do you feel any differently now that you were able to watch PH live?? What is the real effect, if any, that this change has brought about, other than there was a more active thread about the PH session on this site than I have ever seen in prior years??

    And let me just state for the record, that I am not looking to open any wounds or start any big fights. I just want to know what difference it really makes in the minds of those who seem to feel excluded.

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