Chronic Illness and Pain Devotionals #4

Chronic Illness and Pain Devotionals to help you cope!

(Post #4)

“Be Still My Soul”, one of my favorite old hymns, which means more and more to me, as I deal with suffering and waiting, wanting healing and answers.

I really like these reminders in the verses of this song:

  • I can leave it to God to order my healing, however He sees fit, knowing that no matter how things change (loss of mobility, change in life-style), He remains steady and faithful.
  • He will guide my future, just as He has my past. I can be confident, even when doubt clouds my vision.

I can truly say that my thorny path, both in family life, and in physical pain, has led to a deep, deep joy that I would not trade for all the health in the world.

The mystery of suffering has indeed brought me a brightness, His loveliness, as I fellowship in His sufferings. Pain brings me closer to the cross, helps me understand a tad better, His last hours. His humanity. His physical vulnerability. He was made TOTALLY vulnerable…the great God of the Universe, for me, that I might enter into this same vulnerability of pain and suffering with Him. “Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine, through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.”

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 heav’nly Friend
Through 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: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

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.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well-pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

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2 Responses to Chronic Illness and Pain Devotionals #4

  1. Kristy says:

    What a beautiful hymn. I keep coming across the same message this week: “Be still and know that I am God.” Thank you for sharing these beautiful words. ?

    • Holly Nelson says:

      Thank you for reading my blog. You are inspiring me to write again. 🙂 I was chatting with a friend yesterday, and she mentioned a book she was reading, trying to revive her spiritual life. The book was about making proclamations, breaking curses, releasing things, etc. Basically a formula for a contrived illusion of control. A book of busy work for the fearful. I encouraged her to lay down all works, because the work is done. Christ broke all curses and the veil is rent, and we walk boldly into the Holy of Holies. There is nothing that can come between us and Christ, and we have access to ALL that is in the Godhead without having to say or do anything. We can be very very still. Knowing God.

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