Consider the Lilies l Worship

By Bishop Gordon Nishimoto, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | Sep 05, 2019

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Holy Bible, Luke 12:27)

Life is full of many difficulties and pitfalls.  The day-to-day challenges can seem overwhelming at times.  But knowing that you are not alone and that God, your Father in Heaven, is watching over you, can relieve such a great burden. Music can provide inspiration and comfort. In 1697, William Congreve penned:

“Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.”

With that, I would like to share with you the story behind one of the most beautiful songs ever written, “Consider the Lilies”:

“In the 1980s Hoffman was playing the piano at church when he played a new melody without thinking about it. As he played the melody a few times, lyrics flowed into his mind and he immediately wrote down two verses. As he tried to get up from the piano bench, he felt impressed that there was more to be written. ‘I was about to rise from the piano bench and go home, when I felt a kind of downward tug, and sat down at the bench again. The message came clearly into my mind: I'm not finished yet.’

“As he started to write the third verse, which deals with pain and suffering, Hoffman confessed, ‘I panicked. I was afraid to tackle so large a subject. I thought, My pen is too small to deal with a problem so great. The thought came into my mind, You're not writing this, anyway.’ Mr. Hoffman went on to explain that he then remembered a close friend who had told him how she couldn’t understand how God could allow suffering.  “He said, ‘. . . I had a great desire to help her understand this subject better and be comforted. This urged me on. I wept profusely. I could not contain my feelings. The love I felt was so powerful that I was overcome.’” (https://www.thetabernaclechoir.org/articles/consider-the-lilies-history.html)

Lyrics:

"Consider the lilies of the field,

How they grow, how they grow.

Consider the birds in the sky,

How they fly, how they fly.

He clothes the lilies of the field.

He feeds the birds in the sky.

And He will feed those who trust Him,

And guide them with His eye.

Consider the sheep of His fold,

How they follow where He leads.

Though the path may wind across the mountains,

He knows the meadows where they feed.

He clothes the lilies of the field.

He feeds the birds in the sky,

And He will feed those who trust Him,

And guide them with His eye.

Consider the sweet, tender children

Who must suffer on this earth.

The pains of all of them He carried

From the day of His birth.

He clothes the lilies of the field,

He feeds the lambs in His fold,

And He will heal those who trust Him,

And make their hearts as gold.

He clothes the lilies of the field,

He feeds the lambs in His fold,

And He will heal those who trust Him,

And make their hearts as gold.”

 

If you would like a wonderful, peaceful experience, please watch Mack Wilberg conduct the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in “Consider the Lilies” by Roger Hoffman, arranged by A. Laurence Lyon.

The song has just over 1 million views.  I hope you will like it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDFBBbhwmfk

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