Be Still My Soul


Truly my soul finds rest in God: my salvation comes from Him.

~Psalm 62:1, NIV


To God, silence can be a form of praise.

~Ellen Davis

Life can get noisy. As I was doing my devotions a few days back, the hymn “Be Still My Soul” came to mind. It is a great song to listen to when life is noisy. If you are like me, your soul becomes a chatter box just when you desperately need it to be silent. Sometimes we need to tell our soul to hush, to be quiet so we can hear God. The soul tends to question, doubt, introspect and pedal insecurity. It chews on things that need to be swallowed. It replays pass mistakes and remind us of old regrets. The soul can be a nuisance to peace or worship. The soul’s default setting is on itself and its preservation. It always questions God’s ability to provide. David learned to speak to his soul…“Be still soul, be silent. I need only one thing to survive and I have it, the LORD is my Shepherd, I have in Him all I need so REST IN GOD my soul.”

I have a youtube for you to listen to but here are the lyrics if you want to read along as they sing. If you need some rest, give this a listen.

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 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 the waves and winds shall know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below

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

I have heard two things in the last two days that disturb me: one is that school next year will start on July 31. They have got to be kidding. If we don’t rise up and let our voice be heard they will be sending our kids to school 12 months a year. We must do something about all these bureaucratic decisions that do not take parents and children into consideration. What they are doing makes it hard on teachers. By the time they get the kids acclimated to doing their work, they have a week off, then they have to start all over again. We have too many non-teachers making decisions.

Then I heard a story, don’t know if it is true, about a grandmother raising her grand kids that got jailed because her grandchild missed too many days: this is ridiculous. Is it really the government responsibility to make kids go to school. Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin didn’t attend public school and the school system expelled Thomas Edison; teacher said he was too dumb to learn.

Hope you had a happy MOTHER’S DAY. The weather was good. Our bunch got together for supper: they played kick ball and then had a bean bag tournament. I got out of the kick ball but wasn’t that lucky on the bean bag: it was almost 10:00 pm when Big Mama and I got home. We are too old to burn the candle at both ends.

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