Thursday, March 13, 2008

Songs of Comfort

A friend of mine recently miscarried...
As always happens to me when I hear of this happening to a friend, I think back to my own miscarriages, and how I felt, and what comforted me.
Something that has comforted me every time is hymns. I mentioned this before, and promised to share them sometime, so now I am. Two hymns in particular have been my solace.

Be Still My Soul (#124)
(my eternal thanks to Mae, for introducing me to this song in the first place!)

Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy 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
Thru 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.

Text: Katharina von Schlegel, b. 1697;trans. by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897
Music: "Finlandia"--which is copywrited, so is not available online

I Believe in Christ (#134)
(I have only written out the portions that particularly helped me, click here to hear it and see the full text)

I believe in Christ; he ransoms me.
From Satan's grasp he sets me free,
And I shall live with joy and love
In his eternal courts above.

I believe in Christ; he stands supreme!
From him I'll gain my fondest dream;
And while I strive through grief and pain,
His voice is heard "Ye shall obtain."

I believe in Christ, so come what may,
With him I'll stand in that great day
When on this earth he comes again
To rule among the sons of men.

Text: apostle Bruce R McConkie (this song is his testimony of Christ)
Music: John Longhurst


Aurora said...

Thank you so much for these. They brought comfort to me.........

Mae said...

I also love "Abide With Me, Tis Even Tide."

I credit an old Sibelius cassette tape I had for introducing me to Finlandia.

Also, check out Mark Geslison's "Be Still My Soul" CD. It's several hymns on Strings (like Banjo, guitar, mandolin, etc.) with a Danish Youth Chorus thrown in for good measure...

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