Anne Morrow Lindbergh: The first days of grief are not the worst
Turn your face to the sun

Hymn: Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side


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, be leaving, 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.

                --This famous hymn was written in German by Katharina von Schlegel (1697-1768) and translated into English by Jane Laurie Borthwick (1813-1897). Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) wrote the music .

From The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections, by Tom Brokaw (1940-)
[Kay Voss, a retired businessman in Michigan, wrote the following:]

"I served in the Eighth Air Force as a co-pilot on a B-17, flying 31 missions....I remember the chapel service we attended just before our first mission. The chaplain prayed for our safe return, and the last song we sang, 'Be still, my soul,' returned to me many, many times in the uncertain days of combat."

"This hymn was re­port­ed­ly the fav­or­ite of Er­ic Lid­dell, the ath­lete who be­came fa­mous in the 1924 Olym­pics for re­fus­ing to run on the Sab­bath (see the mo­vie Char­i­ots of Fire). Lid­dell lat­er be­came a mis­sion­ary in Chi­na, and was im­pris­oned dur­ing World War II. He is said to have taught this hymn to others in the pri­son camp (where he eventually died of a brain tumor)."  (From the website cyberhymnal)


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