For this assignment, I listened to the song a bunch as well as read through it a bunch (including printing it off on card stock paper and taking it on vacation with me...cuz I'm weird like that). I read the scriptures referenced in my hymn book and pondered those as well. This is such a very beautiful and touching song that I ended up having to go through each verse, and write my thoughts and feelings on each, before I could narrow down my favorite part.
I Believe In Christ
Bruce R. McConkie
I believe in Christ; he is my King!
With all my heart to him I'll sing
I'll raise my voice in praise and joy,
In grand amens my tongue employ.
I believe in Christ; he is God's Son.
On earth to dwell his soul did come.
He healed the sick; the dead he raised.
Good works were his; his name be praised.
I believe in Christ; oh blessed name!
As Mary's Son he came to reign
'Mid mortal men, his earthly kin,
To save them from the woes of sin.
I believe in Christ, who marked the path,
Who did gain all his Father hath,
Who said to men, "Come, follow me,
That ye, my friends, with God may be."
I believe in Christ- my Lord, my God!
My feet he plants on gospel sod.
I'll worship him with all my might;
He is the source of truth and light.
I believe in Christ; he ransoms me.
From Satan's grasp he sets me free,
And I shall live with joy and love
In his eternal courts above.
I believe in Christ; he stands supreme!
From him I'll gain my fondest dream;
And while I strive through grief and pain,
His voice is heard: "Ye shall obtain."
I believe in Christ; so come what may,
With him I'll stand in that great day
When on this earth he comes again
To rule among the sons of men.
2 Nephi 25: 23, 26, 29
Mormon 7: 5-7
It's funny because every time I go through this song, I seem to have a different favorite part. Typing it out just now really highlighted so many wonderful parts to me. Maybe everyone should take the time to type out the words; very meaningful.
I love the part that talks about Him planting my feet on gospel sod and Him being the source of light. In my mind I think of a sunflower following the sun all day every day and how tall and bright and beautiful they get and the many good seeds they produce. I would compare that to "I'll worship him with all my might" and imagine how much I can grow through doing that and also the goodness I can share by doing so. I know it is true. I know that through following Christ, we can blossom and become so much more than we are or could become on our own.
Like I said, I could go through every part of this song and tell you why it is my favorite, but I want you to have the chance to do that for yourself. Look at this song, listen to it, read it, ponder it, and find a part that speaks to you. What is it about that part that means so much to you? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.