Wednesday, December 22, 2010

be still, my soul

Claude Theberge
"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." (Catharine Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel translated by Jane Borthwick - Be Still, My Soul "Stille, mein Wille", 1752)
why is that so difficult? why can't i just be still, be at peace? however, in this season of Advent, i too was feeling the pressures of the world, the tossing around of the waves. i found my refuge in the boat, however, the Church always keeps me safe, and the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confession help me to be me!

i love this song, and it is currently on repeat! i really enjoy the version sung by The Priests, 2008. it is a Christmas CD, of course, and the only one that tops it - Christmas music, that is - is no other than Celine Dion's These are Special Times, 1998. yep, that's no typo - i like most of Celine's music. sorry y'all.

anywho, back to being still, at peace this Christmas. why is that difficult? what does it take so long to get there sometimes? at first, we are intrigued by all the noise, and like a buffet, we must try everything. we begin to feel a little sick to our stomach and start desiring the medicine of silence. when we taste it for the first time, silence is no good - we'd prefer to go back to the noise, back to what we once thought was good for us. we get stuck in a cycle, and one day, by God's grace, we start feeling at home in the silence. what a beautiful feeling, there's no better place on earth, it is heaven. be still, my soul.

have a great, merry and holy Christmas, in the peace, silence and joy of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


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