Fall is a time of change. This thought inspired me to create a display revolving around the theme of changing seasons.
I wrote the following and printed each phrase on its own page, then lined them across the board, tacking leaves up to look as if they were blowing.
Are life’s seasons
Are you feeling
We are here to walk with you.
Don’t suffer alone.
The picture in the middle is one of my girls walking together one autumn afternoon. I thought it was perfect for this idea.
There is no reason to suffer alone. I could have also chosen the word struggle but went for the one that sounded stronger this month.
This is one of my favorite lines from a favorite hymn, Be Still My Soul.
“Be Still, My Soul”
by Catharina von Schlegel, 1697-?
Translated by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897
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.
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, though 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 sorrows 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 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.