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“Be still and know (breath in) that I am God “(breath out): a spiritual & physical relaxing technique.

Something to try. . .

Here is an idea which I read this morning on a friend’s Care Pages message (she is undergoing treatment for aggressive cancer): “‘Be still and know (breath in) that I am God ‘ (breath out) is a spiritual and physical relaxing technique which may help.”

Mary (two years old) & I:

And because music has power to soothe my soul:

There is a Balm in Gilead. . .

“Be Still, My Soul”
by Catharina von Schlegel, 1697-?
Translated by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 fulness all He takes away.

4. 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.

Hymn #651
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Psalm 46:10
Author: Catharine Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, 1752, cento
Translated by: Jane Borthwick, 1855
Titled: “Stille, mein Wille”
Composer: Jean Sibelius, b. 1865, arr.
Tune: “Finlandia”


getting farther away patch of blueAnnaLeah, Mary at Muskegon

Almost birthday girl, you would have been sweet sixteen: “The ships have come to carry you home”

Sixteen years ago just now, my water broke and Mary got ready to join her family in this realm. Well, in a few hours.

Tonight, we just finished a mini-movie-marathon (without them) — re-watching The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

So many funny moments and so many poignant lines. Like this. . .

Frodo: “How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on… when in your heart you begin to understand… there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend… some hurts that go too deep… that have taken hold. Bilbo once told me his part in this tale would end… that each of us must come and go in the telling. Bilbo’s story was now over. There would be no more journeys for him… save one. My dear Sam. You cannot always be torn in two. You will have to be one and whole for many years. You have so much to enjoy and to be and to do. Your part in the story will go on.”  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167260/quotes

From life’s first cry to final breath, Mary, Jesus commanded your destiny. . .

1i newborn Mary and Susanna (1)Gertie reaching for Mary ...Susanna's film

(Photo: Susanna Karth)

No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck you from His hand. (In Christ Alone)  http://www.stuarttownend.co.uk/song/in-christ-alone/

As you run Into the West. . .

“What can you see,
on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea,
a pale moon rises.

Bear's Adventure with Mary photos

Bear Photo Story 1 001


(Photos: The Karths, Naomi & Sam)

“The ships have come
to carry you home.
And all will turn
to silver glass.
A light on the water,
All souls pass.

Hope fades,
Into the world of night.
Through shadows falling,
Out of memory and time.

Don’t say,
We have come now to the end.
White shores are calling.
You and I will meet again.



getting farther away patch of blue

(Photos: The Karths, Naomi & Sam)

You were our wonderfulwigglyworm.marylydiakarth  (www.mlk), and we can hardly wait to see you and your sister again.