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Today I'd like to share an old hymn written by Katharina von Schlegel in 1752. Maybe like me, you grew up singing these words in church, but just never really grasped the wonderful truths expressed. It became real to me more recently when one of my kids send me a link to a beautiful recording by Kari Jobe. Listening to it time and again, one day I was hit with these encouraging words, 

Be still, my soul; the waves and wind still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

 I think of the disciples trying everything they could to keep from sinking, when finally they called on Jesus . . . the Lord of the wind and the storm . . . and I want to do (and see) the same.

Be Still, My Soul

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on your side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to your God to order and provide;
In every change he faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul; your best, your heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul; your God will undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul; the waves and wind still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
Be still, my soul; though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then you will better know his love, his heart,
Who comes to soothe your sorrows and your fears.

Be still, my soul; your Jesus can repay
From his own fullness all he takes away.
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.

Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that we will remember who you are and that you are right there with us (in our boat) at all times. Help us to know your peace even in the storm, knowing that at your voice the storm will stop.


  1. I love this hymn! It was playing in my mind as I read the lyrics. Thank you for sharing it today.

  2. Very beautiful words, Anneliese, thank you! ... "be still - and know...."

  3. We still sing this song in our church today!

  4. In our church many years ago, a friend and I were set to sing this hymn for the sacrament meeting. Early that Sunday morning, about 5 a.m., my friend telephoned me and told me one of our church families had suffered a terrible accident; that three of their children had been killed. We were devastated. When the meeting time came, the remnants of the family were there and most all of us were in tears. But our bishop wanted us to sing the song, so we stood up and did it. Have you ever tried to sing after spending hours weeping? But we did it and there was a lovely calm that came over all of us as the hymn went on (not because we sounded so great, believe me). The words are very comforting and the tune was "Finlandia". Later, the grieving mother, who was our choir director, had us sing the song as a choir. She said the song was very special to her because of the comfort she felt when it was sung after that horrid day, helped sustain her and her family. They weathered that storm of life quite well. We all can, if we will put our faith in God and in Jesus Christ. Even though we may be holding on with only the tips of our fingernails, it seems; when we look back on it, we can see the Savior had his arm around us, securely, the whole time. And he allows us to have the spiritual music we have from angels like Katharina Von Schlegel to bolster us and help us go forward. Thanks so much for this lovely reminder.

  5. I well remember the first time I heard this song. I was in church and the words and melody attached themselves to my heart. It's still my favorite hymn and always fills me with awe when I think of our all-together-lovely Savior! Thank you for sharing this lovely post.


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