Recently a member of our ward's Relief Society Presidency (the RS is the women's organization in the Mormon Church) asked me if I would share the piano playing duties with two other sisters, each of us taking four months out of the year. I accepted hesitantly, as my right hand has developed arthritis, making it difficult for me to play as I once had.
Could I reach the octaves demanded by some hymns? Could I keep up the tempo of songs in 6/8 time? Could I hit the correct notes at all? I didn't know.
I started practicing playing, choosing hymns at random. Then, needing the comfort and familiarity of a favorite hymn, I turned to page 220 of the (Mormon) hymn book, "Lord, I Would Follow Thee." There, I found the words that never failed to sustain me: " ... finding strength beyond my own ..."
This I know for sure: the Lord's strength will always be "beyond my own." Fortunately, it is mine if I choose to partake of it.