Be Still, My Soul


We sang this hymn in church on Sunday. I’ve sung it most of my life, but I was really blessed by it this week. I love the tune, but as I thought about the words, I was especially thinking of my Dad and it was such a wonderful comfort. I am praying that it will be a blessing to you too, Mom, as well.

“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 heav’nly Friend
Thro’ 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! 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 by Katharina von Schlegel; translated by Jane L. Borthwick



2 Responses

  1. That hymn speaks to my heart. It reminds me of the last part of a poem I recently read called “Heaven.”

    “Whenever your sorrow bears down on your heart, think not of my ending but of my new start. For on earth there’s n joy that I’d ever see, to compare to the joy of God’s smiling at me.”

    Love you much,

  2. One of my absolute favorite hymns. Thank you.

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