Sunday, August 2, 2009

balm to the soul...

Be Still My Soul

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 bless├Ęd 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.

This morning, as I sat in church, the Lord kept bringing to mind this old hymn. I've always been a music person. My former counselor used to laugh because I was always quoting songs for saying things that sometimes I wasn't able to verbalize, but expressed my heart. The part that kept going through my mind this morning was,

"Bear paitently the cross of grief or pain
Leave to thy God to order and provide."
We all have our "crosses" or struggles. Somedays I wonder why I must continually bear the cross of singleness...or the cross of waiting for this adoption...or the cross of depression that tends to try to take root in my heart. But I am thankful to the Lord for reminding me that I am to bear He bore the CROSS...patiently. And while doing that I am NOT alone. I need to step out of the way and allow Him to work at times instead of trying to manipulate the situation to be what I want it to be.
I was only going to post that particular verse, but as I thought through the verses...each one seemed to speak to a different part of my heart. Hope it speaks to you as well...

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