Last week my wife and I went to the symphony for her Christmas present. It was amazing! Beethoven’s 9th. The only problem was that we go to sleep listening to classical music and so when the slow pieces were playing we started to snooze. We woke up suddenly though during the last piece…you know the one: “Ode to Joy!”
We’re all familiar with the “Ode to Joy” theme. The Seattle Symphony was amazing and I was moved by their sound. What moved me even more were the lyrics to the song. I went to Germany on my mission, so I get excited when I hear German lyrics. The part that really moved me was this part of the song:
Seid umschlungen, Millionen, diesen Kuss der ganzen Welt! Brueder! Uebem Sternenzelt muss ein lieber Vater wohnen. Ihr stuerzt nieder, Millionen? Ahnest du den Schoepfer, Welt? Such’ ihn ueberm Sternenzelt! Ueber Sternen muss er wohnen.
The words are beautifully powerful and together with the music and vocals it moved me deeply. However, that might not mean much to you if you don’t speak German. Here’s the English translation:
Be embraced, all ye Millions with a kiss for all the world! Brothers, beyond the covering of the stars must dwell a loving Father. Do you bow down before him, O Millions? Do you feel the Creator’s presence? Search for him beyond the stars! He surely dwells beyond the stars.
As I heard this, something deep within my soul cried out “Yes! Yes! I search for Him. I feel His presence! Embrace me, Heavenly Father!”
This was a very moving experience for me. I do not know for certain many things, but many things I do know. I know that I have felt close to God as I sing praises to Him. I feel Him when I pray. I know that I have felt close to God as I’ve seen His creations. (see Alma 30:44) I know I’ve felt Heavenly Father’s love as I’ve shared love with others, for God is love. (see John chapter 4) I also feel His love through reading the scriptures about the Saviors ministry. As Elder Holland said in a conference talk, everything the Savior did while he was on earth testified of his Father and our Father in Heaven. (see talk “The Grandeur of God“) Jesus said he did nothing that he hadn’t first learned from the Father. (see John 8:38)
So I pose the same question to you. Why do you believe there’s a God? Leave your comments below.