I awakened early this morning with this ancient hymn “Be Still My Soul” by Katharina von Schlegel on my heart. And as I heard Jesus singing over me, I responded.
Always remember God delights over you with singing.
Be still my soul
But Lord, my heart is churning, my emotions are all over the place, my mind keeps spinning, playing out recent events and imagined future scenarios…
The Lord is on thy side.
I don’t like even thinking of people being on different “sides” of anything. Especially when we are supposed to want the same things. But, God, I am comforted that You walk by my side and that you want good for me. I’m on Your side, too…
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
To “bear” means that something is a heavy weight, and frankly, there have been many griefs weighing down recently. And though my own “pain” is small compared to the world’s suffering, it does hurt. And I’m not naturally patient. And so I sit in silence asking for Your help.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
“Leave” means let go, right? Entrust You in all things because You are the God of both order and provision. And we need those things. Order. Provision. Right now. I am laying all at Your feet. I am leaving everything in Your worthy hands, knowing You are faithful to fulfill.
In every change He faithful will remain.
There are so many changes in our lives today. But I know this to be true – You have never failed in every unexpected change in my own life. So I know You will remain faithful. Whatever comes or doesn’t come. Tomorrow I have an opportunity to proclaim to others “In every change, He faithful will remain.” Empower me to live it as well.
Be still my soul
Okay. I’m breathing deeply now. I sense a calm descending on me as I wait in this quiet place. For You. My heart and mind are stilled. I am here to receive and be filled. Come, Lord Jesus.
Thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Oh my goodness, You are my Friend. Even and especially when companionship and courage is most needed. I am so very unworthy, but at the same time so very humbled and grateful for Your presence and power by my side. I feel held.
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
I guess that journeying through “thorny ways” means we sometimes get pricked along the path. I knew that when I started this ‘long obedience in the same direction’ more than fifty years ago. A scar here or there means little when the destination is Joy. And You truly are my Joy. Today. Tomorrow. Forever.
My soul is still. I wait before You with open hands. To release. To receive. Amen.
Every Blessing, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength”
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Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 16 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” , “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most,” “God’s Purpose for You,” and “The Courage to Write.” (Purchasing my books here benefits me as an Amazon associate.) She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouraging words weekly at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com