Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end"

Be Still My Soul, Hymns #124

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.

I heard this hymn this morning as I was getting ready for church. The words are so powerful and comforting. God is real. He lives. He knows us and loves all of us. We are His children. I am so thankful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and for this beautiful hymn. It has spoken to my heart this weekend and given me peace where I didn't think I could find any. Miracles have come to pass. I know that God hears and answers our prayers. Thank you and I hope you know who you are.

I wanted to re-post a beautiful quote from Mother Teresa. It helps me keep going in spite of opposition. I hope we can all see the good in others.

"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway."
Mother Teresa


  1. I love that hymn! It's amazing to me how you can just be soothed by the hymns. When I'm feeling cantankerous, I like to put a little Paul Cardall on the media player...he always makes me feel better.

  2. Lacy, this is exactly what I needed, exactly at this moment. Thank you so much for posting it. I sometimes wish life were easier and people were more agreeable. Really, though, I just need to get over myself and be the one who is agreeable and makes life easier for others. :) I love your thoughts here and I don't remember every hearing the Mother Teresa quote. Just perfect.

  3. Thanks for the reminders. That's the first time I've seen the Mother Teresa Quote. Thanks for sharing.

  4. what a great quote from Mother Theresa. gosh, sometimes it's so hard to be all those things. but she's so right. it's not about other people, it's about us and God. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. That is a beautiful quote, and one that is important to remember. It's so easy to quit because of the things that go wrong.


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