Friday, September 11, 2020

Life Themes

I've written before about how various songs seem like the appropriate soundtrack of my life at different times. It's been "Recycled Air" by The Postal Service (2004), "Move On" by The Rentals (2005), "All These Things That I've Done" by the Killers (2006-2008; it was my ringtone then), "Campfire Kansas" by The Getup Kids (2009-2010), "Kids" by MGMT (2011-2012), "Cycles" by Frank Sinatra (2013), and right now I'm not sure what it's been since then; I'll have to think about it over the next couple days and have a follow-up post.

I've also had life-theme scriptures at various times, too. These have included Genesis 32:26 ("And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me"), Numbers 11:15 ("And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness"), Joshua 3:5 ("And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves, for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you"), Jeremiah 8:20 ("The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved"), Psalm 78:21-22 ("Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation"), James 4:14 ("For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away"), 2 Nephi 4:34 ("O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm"), Jacob 4:10 ("Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. For behold, ye yourselves know that he counselleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works"), Alma 37:17, ("For he will fulfil all his promises which he shall make unto you, for he has fulfilled his promises which he has made unto our fathers"), Ether 3:12 ("And he answered: Ye, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie"), Doctrine and Covenants 101:7-8 ("They were slow to hearken to the voice of the Lord their God; therefore the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble. In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me"), and Doctrine and Covenants 121:35-36 ("Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson--that the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness").

Currently, it's the one from Genesis. It's on my phone's lock screen, and my meditation mantra is, "I will not let thee go [breathe in], except thou bless me [breathe out]." But yesterday I was struck by Romans 5:20 ("But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound"). In January 2019 I read Silent Souls Weeping by Jane Clayson Johnson, and I recently read "Barriers to Belief: Mental Distress and Disaffection from the Church" by Steven T. Densley, Jr. and Geret Giles, both of which stress the negative effects of legalism. Maybe this scripture from Romans is a good reminder about that. We'll see if it becomes my latest theme.

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