Sunday, March 7, 2010

Be Still My Soul

Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.

The first lines of this song entered my heart and I cried and cried today.  I just read a post on a friends blog about bad things happening to good people.   We have had a rough 7 months.  We lost our son then out of the blue we had hope for a possible family adoption.  This hope has carried us through the past loss of our baby boy though the child would not replace we could have someone who needed love and adoration we could provide.  We were not chosen as the adoptive family.   This whole week the quote "God's will is what we would choose if we knew all the facts" has been echoing in my brain.  

Today during church we sang the hymn  Be still my soul.   As we were singing the third verse which talks of the after life where "disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,"and today it gave me hope.  Hope for understanding and peace in my heart.  Bad things happen to good people to teach them to rely on our Savior, Jesus Christ who bore all things.  None of us are good enough, strong enough or talented enough to make it to heaven on our own.  We need our Savior, Redeemer and friend to help us. 

Be Still, My Soul


1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. 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.

3. Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning 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 blessed we shall meet at last.
Text: Katharina von Schlegel, b. 1697; trans. by Jane Borthwick, 1813–1897
Music: Jean Sibelius, 1865–1957.