As we come to the end of the fourth week in Lent I’ve pondered what hymn we might listen to for comfort. The parables we looked at this week dealt with a lost sheep, a lost coin, a lost son and a shrewd manager accused of mismanagement. We ended with a rich man in hades pleading for relief and help for his family on earth. How might that lost coin or sheep or son comforted itself? What hymn might a refugee turn to? What hymn comforts us when we feel lost or misunderstood? That’s a heavy week of thinking. Our news on the TV was very heavy also with the continuing war in Ukraine. So what comforts my soul when I am feeling defeated and discouraged? I love the hymn “Be Still My Soul” that encourages me not to look at my plight but to remember that God is still in control, working for my best, and forming his kingdom. It was written by Katharina von Schlegel, 1752 during the German pietistic movement, translated by Jane Borthwick into English 100 years later and set to the tune of Filandia.
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 wind still know. His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.
In You I rest, in You I found my hope. In You I trust, You never let me go. I place my life within Your hands alone, Be still, my soul. 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 blessed, we shall meet at last. In You I rest, in You I found my hope. In You I trust, You never let me go. I place my life within Your hands alone’
Be still, my soul. In You I rest, in You I found my hope. In You I trust, You never let me go. I place my life within Your hands alone. Be still, my soul. Be still, my soul. Be still, my soul.