Easter is quickly approaching, so I thought I'd share something that really touched me from this past Sunday's homily at my church.
I have very blessed lately, but I've witnessed a lot of sadness and heartache with recent world events and also events in my friends' lives.
This week's message was that Jesus' resurrection could not have been so glorious if he had not had to endure the pain and suffering of dying on the cross. That final awesome chapter wouldn't have been so awesome without the turmoil of the middle chapters.
We're singing this hymn at an ordination mass on April 29. An ordination is a happy occasion, but I like the sentiment of remembering that there will be trials ahead, and to turn to God during these times.
Be Still My Soul - words by Katharina von Schlegel, music by Jean Sibelius
Be still my soul - the Lord is on thy side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to thy God to order and provide;
in every change - he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul - thy best thy heavenly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.