Be Still

Lately, as I have been trying to wrap my mind around so many of the “weightier” things, I have been feeling additional anxiety as I look at my sweet babies and think of the fact that someday, they will most likely be going through many of these same things and feeling many of the same feelings.

The thought has been so discouraging to me.  I’m not stupid, and I know that they have to experience pain and difficulty to grow.  I just love them so much that I wish they didn’t ever have to.  I mean, they’re my babies.  I want to protect them and keep them safe.

But as I have sought and received so much help and felt those whispers of peace, though nothing has changed, I do feel lighter.

I look at my girls now and think of what I want them to know “someday,” when those hard times come.

I would tell them to be still.

Be Still My soul, the Lord is on thy side
Stand calm within the storm of grief and pain

Trust in 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.

His burning sun shall melt the ice of fear


Lift up your heart, His soothing voice to hear


Be still my soul, when light you cannot see

When trembling skies speak to the fear in thee


The face of God illuminates the night


Unending peace and trust in perfect light


Be still my soul, when tears fall from above
You are divine, eternally in love.

(- Combination of lyrics from “Be Still My Soul” performed by Lisbeth Scott, and traditional lyrics by Katharina von Schlegel, b. 1697; trans. by Jane Borthwick)

6 Responses

  1. That’s one of my most favorite songs–and my most favorite version. :)

    Thank you for sharing the beauty you find everyday!

    December 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm

  2. Ruth

    I remember these same feelings very well! I am glad that you are able to record your feelings and the beautiful pictures to preserve for your girls to see when they go through those times later in life! I remember wishing I could keep you from anything that might hurt you, even knowing that you would grow from it. I guess that is what love is!

    December 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

  3. Life runs over us until we are weak sometimes. Your perspective and LIGHT will show the way for those little ones more than anyone on this earth could do for them.

    Much love.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

  4. Beautiful girls.
    Beautiful mom.
    Beautiful post.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm

  5. Liesel

    You are always able to put such a positive spin on challenges. I admire you for that.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm

  6. Debbie Domenici

    What beautiful thoughts and absolutely beautiful girls! Just like their mom!

    April 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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