Be Still My Soul

Psalm 27

Thought for the Week

A Guest Blog by Lavish Mercy

Sister Renee Yann (Religious Sisters of Mercy), D.Min, creator of the blog site Lavish Mercy, is a writer, speaker, teacher on the subjects of spirituality, social justice and ethical business practices. She’s also a passionate follower of the One whose ultimate act of lavish mercy we commemorate during this, the time called Holy Week.

Psalm 27 is a cry for help from one who is confident of God’s care. And yet, despite these words, the psalmist obviously is afraid, otherwise why pray? As we begin Holy Week, we might imagine Jesus voicing such a prayer. Confident of the Father’s participation in his life, Jesus nevertheless must face daunting realities with courage. But not without fear.

We can learn so much from Jesus in this.

Holy Monday by Renee Yann

It is a very unusual, and perhaps non-existent, person who has no fears. We all fear something…maybe many things. It’s human to fear that which we cannot see, control, or withstand. Even the one touting his great fearlessness is likely afraid of being seen as weak.

What Jesus teaches us is not to let our faith, love and hope be dominated by fear; rather, to engage our lives courageously with these three virtues despite our normal human fears. In so doing, we become the person God hopes for us to be, just as Jesus did.

Who would I be,
and what power would be expressed in my life,
if I were not dominated by fear?

~Paula D’Arcy

The triumph is in resisting that domination, not in being fearless. Nelson Mandela has written, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Jesus was afraid during these final days of his life, but he pushed through to the truth of God’s Will for his life. We can ask Jesus to help us in our fears.

I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God. As, in a theatre,
The lights are extinguished, for the scene to be changed
With a hollow rumble of wings, with a movement of darkness on darkness,
And we know that the hills and the trees, the distant panorama
And the bold imposing facade are all being rolled away–
Or as, when an underground train, in the tube, stops too long between stations
And the conversation rises and slowly fades into silence
And you see behind every face the mental emptiness deepen
Leaving only the growing terror of nothing to think about;
Or when, under ether, the mind is conscious but conscious of nothing–
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

~T.S. Eliot (Four Quartet, East Coker)

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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17 Responses to Be Still My Soul

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    Beautiful post, Mitch. I love Kari Jobe also. Faith, hope, and love can indeed help us overcome our fears. “The triumph is in resisting that domination, not in being fearless.”~Beautiful!

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  2. I was entirely too distracted by the imagery of the stage going dark for a scene change…
    I was props mistress for a musical in high school that has 23 scene changes. We had 17 seconds of darkness for each set change, and during one of them I was running in with the props while a guy ran in from the other direction with a chair, and our heads collided. I saw stars, staggered in the wrong direction, and felt a hand grab me by the wrist and yank me off stage a split second before the lights came back up. Yep, those moments of darkness can be painful, but hey, I’m still here 50 years later, so it IS possible to survive.

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  3. It is human to fear. Only if you have fear, ask God and trust he will help. Only when you trust with unwavering faith, you will see that your fears are gone. I have seen it in play when I shared a house with a Poltergeist. Initially, I was too afraid. He tried to strangle me on one night. My roommates felt him too. Then we began praying with all the faith we had and the fear disappeared. I wrote about him in my story, The Poltergeist.

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  4. numrhood says:

    is psalm 52 is a cry for help

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  5. Beautiful encouragement. God bless, Mitch!

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  6. Ann Coleman says:

    That has always been one of my favorite hymns. Thanks for this post, it is very helpful to me on the eve of my husband’s major surgery. Trust and faith is what gets us through…..

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  7. radiostudy says:

    Evocative, meditative, delightful.

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  8. Andy D. says:

    “Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
    So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
    Yes, when thought is just too hard, let’s just wait. Peace.

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  10. Have you felt like God stopped speaking?
Hope this encourages you


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