Music and the Spoken Word

At the End of the Tunnel - Sunday, September 23, 2018



We’ve all heard the expression “light at the end of the tunnel.” But to anyone who has ever been completely engulfed in darkness, it’s more than just a nice saying. To them, a light at the end of the tunnel is a lifeline, a cherished spark of hope.

An experienced cyclist tells of a biking trip he took with some friends along the beautiful Hiawatha Trail in Montana. He knew the trail would pass through a long, dark tunnel through the Rocky Mountains, but he wasn’t too concerned—that is, until he actually entered the tunnel. After only a short distance, he found himself overwhelmed with utter darkness. He suddenly became disoriented, nervous, and afraid. But his friends rallied together until a pinpoint of light appeared in the distance, and his confidence immediately returned.

Life can sometimes feel like a dark tunnel. We all have times when we feel anxious or confused, when we need to know that things will get better. We need something to look forward to, something to reach for, something to keep us moving onward.

All it takes is the smallest point of light, and suddenly we know where to go. We know there’s a way out of darkness. We know the future can be bright. A season of ill health can finally pass; a strained relationship can eventually heal; a stressful situation at work or school can find resolution in time. Just when we think we can’t continue, we catch a glimmer of light and the power of hope propels us forward.

Where does that light, that hope come from? It might come in the form of a supportive loved one. It might come from remembering that we’ve made it through other dark tunnels in the past. It might be the values and firm convictions that have stood the test of time. It might be day-to-day blessings that somehow give us courage to put one foot in front of the other.

No matter the challenge or difficulty, such glimmers of light reassure us that life’s tunnels are temporary. Given time, patience, and effort, life gets better. No matter how dark the tunnel, there’s always light at its end.
1. See Vern P. Stanfill, “Choose the Light,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 55–56.
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September 23, 2018
Broadcast Number 4,645

Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square

Conductors
Mack Wilberg
Ryan Murphy

Organist
Brian Mathias

Host
Lloyd Newell


Hymn of Praise
Mack Wilberg

Consider the Lilies of the Field
Roger Hoffman; arr. A. Laurence Lyon

The Ash Grove
Welsh folk song; arr. John Longhurst

Pilgrim Song
American folk hymn; arr. Ryan Murphy

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
American folk hymn; arr. Mack Wilberg