"Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end."
Countless times over the years I have found comfort, strength and inspiration in this hymn. Just a few days ago I forced my mind to remember these words as various situations were seeking to disrupt my fellowship with the Father. Great peace does not come without first relinquishing those things that cause us anxiety, doubt or fear to our Heavenly Father who loves us and cares for us.
"Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below."
God has taken care of us in the past or we would not be here now. What God could do then He can certainly still do now. Those things which seek to rip us apart and destroy us still know His voice.
"Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away."
Even during times of great sorrow or loss, God can and will wipe our tears away and bring our hearts tender comfort and peace. Nothing that can happen to us in this life will ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
"Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessd we shall meet at last."
Thank God we have the promise of eternal life to look forward to. Thank God there is more to this life than the problems, hassles and pain we experience daily. Thank God that when a loved one dies, we do not have to sorrow even as those who have no hope, for we DO HAVE the promise of God that His Son will return to hold on to and keep us going.
"Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, be leaving, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine."
With all these incredible promises of God our attitude in this life should be one of seeking to praise Him and live for Him in all we say and do. As we trust Him, allow Him to guide and direct us and let His love comfort us, His power strengthen us and His grace sustain us; we truly can have peace in the midst of the storms and rest in Him.
Be Still My Soul
Words: Katharina A. von Schlegel,; translated from German to English by Jane L. Borthwick in Hymns from the Land of Luther, 1855.