Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Song of Remembrance

Yes - I did this myself! :) Took both pictures and did an overlay :)

I started this poem back in April and only just finished it about an hour ago.  It is a little hard to say that it is "finished" because I feel as though it might be a life time project - which is why it took so long.  I want to keep changing and adjusting it depending on my audience and topic.  It doesn't feel 'complete' yet - I'm not sure what it needs.  Maybe just more time and thought?  I don't know... 

Some of you might be wondering how I even came up with such a poem.  Back in April around Easter time, I was challenged by one of my Insitute teachers to somehow incorporate the Atonement into more aspects of my life.  I had already written another poem (which is posted in April's archive!) but I felt compelled to do something more.  Obviously I love to write, and one of my other passion's is music.  Whether it is singing, dancing, or playing an instrument - I absolutely love it.  So, I took some of the hymn titles from the LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) Hymn Book and somehow formed a poem - no added words, no abbreviations, just simply the names of the songs.  About a week ago my friend Natalie gave a talk in church and she used part of this poem in her talk.  At first I was a little hesitant to let her use it because of my own insecurities, but again - I felt as though someone in the audience needed to hear it from her.  Oddly enough - that someone was me... I've NEVER heard my own creations come out of the mouth of someone else.  It was refreshing, and eye opening.  It was hard to believe that that was my work.  I had a flush of different emotions as each word was said - but, I was totally calm and at ease at the same time.  That sounds crazy - but I don't know how else to explain it.....

Song of Remembrance

God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son
O, Holy Words of Truth and Love
He Died That We Might Live Again
Lead Me into Life Eternal - Beautiful Zion, Built Above

For All The Saints - Come Follow Me
Abide with Me: 'Tis Eventide
The Time Is Far Spent
Behold the Great Redeemer Die

O God the Eternal Father
We Ever Pray For Thee
With All the Power of Heart and Tongue
More Holiness Give Me

The Wintry Day, Descending to Its Close
God, Our Father, Hear Us Pray
Where Can I Turn For Peace?
As Zion's Youth In Latter Days

In Remembrance of Thy Suffering
Upon the Cross of Calvary
In Memory of the Crucified
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

What Glorious Scenes My Eyes Behold
The Happy Day at Last Has Come
Men Are That They Might Have Joy
O Love That Glorifies the Son

High on the Mountain Top
Gently Raise the Sacred Strain
Know This, That Every Soul Is Free
We Sing All Hail to Jesus' Name

There Is a Green Hill Far Away
Go Forth with Faith - Come Along, Come Along
When Faith Endures - Turn Your Hearts
Great God, to Thee My Evening Song

Dearest Children, God Is Near You
Ye Simple Soul's Who Stray
Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire
Did You Think to Pray?

How Gentle God's Commands
Love One Another - I Am a Child of God
How Great the Wisdom and the Love
The Lord Is My Light - The Iron Rod

Let the Holy Spirit Guide
Nearer, My God, to Thee
I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go
The Spirit of God - Abide with Me

I Need Thee Every Hour
Oh My Father - God's Daily Care
Though Deepening Trials - Be Thou Humble
In Humility Our Savior - Sweet Hour of Prayer

Lord Accept Our True Devotion
All Creatures of Our God and King
Father in Heaven, We Do Believe
Sweet Is the Peace the Gospel Brings

Father In Heaven
Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
Before Thee, Lord, I Bow My Head
Guide Me to Thee

By: Talaileva Fa'apoi
October 4th, 2011 

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