This week we are missing Papa(!) We miss him for so many reasons – not just our daily interactions & the spiritual guidance he doled out regularly, but the way he wrote his love on our hearts by his effervescent presence in our lives. On Sunday, March 8th, it will be one year since he passed into the Everlasting Arms of God…
We know that he is now pain-free for all eternity after valiantly bearing the cross of suffering from a debilitating illness that made him a bedfast quadriplegic for many years. Yet he continued to give his all for God each day in every way, ministering to others even until his last few hours with us.
Today the words from the famous hymn, ‘Be Still My Soul’ (one of Papa favorites) touched my heart. May they touch yours on this Lenten Wednesday, too…
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.
(Katharina von Schlegel, 1697-1768)
p.s. if you want to hear a great version of this song arranged by Paul Schwartz on one of his State of Grace compilations, click here for a YouTube listen…