I have received a couple of emails in the past week from sisters who are newly called to this position, and I was reminded of the pure terror that I felt when I was called as the chorister last year. I remember I cried and cried. And cried. The first thing I did was call my mom, and tell her that the worst thing ever just happened! She laughed a little, but told me to get down on my knees and ask for help from my Heavenly Father and he would sustain me. She also told me to research, research, research! So after I followed step 1 of her plan, I hit the internet in search of inspiration. I got a lot of ideas, and over the next few weeks I started feeling like all of my preparation would help to ease my nerves a little bit. The first week was hard, and I sweat through my clothes and took a 3 hour nap after church to recover. It started to get easier, mostly because of the children and their total willingness to love me and participate. I was going to be just fine.
Then, I stumbled upon Kathleen's blog, The Children Sing. As I read all of her posts from the beginning of her blog, I read a post entitled "An Invitation to Sing." I encourage you to follow the link and read her post, as I can't word it better than she did. This single post has done more for me than any other advice, idea, or encouragement. So, to those of you who I've been corresponding with, I hope you read this. And for those of you who are burned out, overwhelmed, un-enthused, or just not feeling the weight of the Spirit behind you, I know that it will help.
And to Kathleen, I've been thinking about you since you posted the "end" of your blog. I want to express a public but very sincere thank-you for all of the inspiration that you have provided to me and to all of us in this calling. Thank you for reminding me of the purpose of our mission, and for always bringing the Spirit into your posts. I know that you are one of the Lord's "power tools" and I have been blessed to have your association. So, thank you! I hope that we still hear from you from time to time!
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