Be Still My Soul

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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 ev’ry change He faithful will remain
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
thro’ 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 veil 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 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

Behind the lines

One of my favorite hymns to grieve by, especially the passing of a loved one. It was written by Katharina von Schlegel in the 1700s and little is known about her life which in many ways makes it even sweeter.

Dedicated to Rowena Appleton Taylor who passed away yesterday at the age of 69.

Below is a YouTube video of a traditional a cappella boys choir, Libera, singing it complete with lyrics.

 

The Parting

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Their bond was deeper, richer, and more than what many call true love,
But no other words exist to describe it better.
Pleasant years of joyfully, faithfully serving one another would soon end.
A new age was upon them, one where they would no longer be – together.

Nearing their bittersweet goodbye, foreknown, but always so far away,
Closer now than ever, they shared their last touch and tear filled words,
The heartbeat faded…
It was over, beautifully tender, yet simply awful.

A farewell kiss no one else could fully comprehend.

Love, forever impacting them and others, parting, still strong,
Slipping beyond time and the physical world,
Falling into the Hands of Heaven.

Behind the lines

The last enemy to be destroyed is death. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:26

Go Live

cemetery-883417_1920Death has come once again,
Taking pieces of me,
Goodbye for now, dear friend,
Awake in Victory!
Go live, go live,
Live with the King,
Go on and sing,
Go live, go live.

Laughter and smiles remain,
Precious pieces of me,
But those gone to the grave,
Are memories I grieve.
They live, they live,
As part of me,
Each day I breathe,
They live, they live.

When the casket closes,
Over pieces of me,
Recall with your voices,
We will rise to the King,
Go live, go live,
Live for the King,
Go on and sing,
Go live, go live.

Go live, go live,
Live for the King,
Go live, go live,
Live for the King.

Behind the lines

Dedicated to Harvey “Junior” Beavers, 69, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

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