music monday.

saturday night i joined my family in attending the annual mormon tabernacle choir christmas concert. each year, the church invites two special guests to accompany the choir. this year was alfie boe and tom brokaw. i thought it in good taste, in acknowledgement of the recent tragedy in connecticut, that the program started with a moment of silence. during that moment, i said a silent prayer for the families of the victims, asking that our omnibenevolent father comfort them at this time. 

then on to the program we went. i forget if it was the first or maybe the second song, but at some point they sang "hark the herald angels sing". i've heard and sung this classic christmas hymn as much as the next person but on saturday night something stuck out to me in a way it never had before:

"mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die; born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth."

it was the answer to my prayer; a witness to me that because of that babe whose birth we celebrate each december, broken hearts and anguished souls can received peace and hope, the sting of death hath no victory.

"and if christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection. but there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory and the sting of death is swallowed up in christ. he is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death."

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