This year to celebrate Shepard and Deacon’s big day they debuted on earth, I’m using the lyrics from my most very favourite hymn from the LDS Hymnbook. We sang it to them in the hospital by their little beds and we sang it at their sweet gravesite service (a cappella, my favourite way to sing it). Be Still, My Soul, by Katherine von Schlegel. (Click the link for full lyrics.)
I’m sure one of the reasons I love it is because I sing alto, and it has an especially beautiful alto part. It’s got the perfect dissonance to it which has always been a favourite of mine to play on the piano. But the words! The words are so powerful, and hundreds of years old. Grief has not changed, not since the creation of the earth. I often feel a strong connection to mothers from past times, when no one was untouched by grief, especially the unique grief of losing a little brand new baby. To know that mothers just like me have been singing this same hymn for comfort for hundreds of years is beyond resonating. It’s near impossible to choose the most powerful lyric to frame, but truly, the first line is hard to beat.
Be still, my soul. The Lord is on thy side. How wonderful! The all powerful, loving Lord is on MY side and YOUR side. Every time, he’s on OUR side. Even when you’re positive He’s not. I promise you that He is. When you’re physically shaking from sadness, distraught with crushing grief, and your thoughts are all consumed by tragedy, hear His words speaking to your soul. Even if you are so taken by grief that it can only be attempted through song. Calming your soul. Lovingly urging it to be still. He is on thy side. Believe it. Have patience and leave the rest to Him. He is faithfully our best friend. Do not let thy hope or confidence shake! All now mysterious shall be made bright and clear. Soon the time will be here that we will be forever with Him. Sorrow forgot. Love’s purest joy restored. When change and tears are past, safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
I love this version David Archuleta sings and strongly urge you take a listen. :) Click on the graphic for a free download of this beautiful song lyric in 8X10. Oh and I made my life easier this year and just bought the beautiful watercolour wreath and distribution license for this year’s gift, so don’t give me too much credit. ;) Happy three beautiful years since my celestially handsome twin boys Shepard Fred and Deacon Bennett became a part of our eternally-existent family!