Be Still My Soul

One thing that has always amazed me is how poets and hymn writers of the past so eloquently captured the message of God’s compassion, His immeasurable grace, and the comfort found in the Gospel.  We sang this song in church today while life after life filed to the front, Image-bearers each, to partake in the ancient Sacrament of Communion.  As the whispery strain rose, hanging above us like a gauzy canopy of love, I couldn’t help but thank Heaven for the gift of Ka­tha­ri­na von Schle­gel, whose song written in 1752 still touches my heart today.

[Sung to the tune of Finlandia]

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.

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.

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.

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 blessèd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, 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.

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2 Responses to Be Still My Soul

  1. K says:

    Ok, 2 things. LOVE love LOVE your blog posting! The hymn is sooo beautiful!!!! Second, where are your glasses from that you have on in your header? I just LOVE them and am in the market for a new pair (eyes changed after kids for sure :)). would love to know. Thanks for posting this!!! great reminder!

    • heartscape says:

      Thank you! That’s so kind of you! Those glasses are quite old [I’ve since updated them]. I believe I got the frames at one of the mall stores like DOC or RX Optical [??]; they were Nine West if that helps. The ones I have now I got from my eye doctor. Thanks for reading! Hope you come back again!

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