We went to the cathedral again in the city this Sunday for Mass. Like many moms, Mass can be difficult with little ones in constant motion. I sometimes hold my breath and lack focus while I anticipate which exit we might need to flee from. So in usual fashion, my husband and I played tag team trying to get a feisty two year old to hush and be still. All the emotions that I fight on a daily basis were starting to surface and I bit my tongue hard to stop the tears. Neither of us was really "there" and when it got too difficult, Josh took the little guy out.
Peace and quiet - time for communion. Upon returning to our kneeler I heard it. The choir behind us broke into what I was unknowingly waiting for. My subtle little message:
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 heav'nly 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: the hour is hast'ning 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.