Thursday, August 27, 2009

Being at Peace



"Peace be still." There is peace in the eye of the storm.

Perspective matters.

16 comments:

Marion said...

What a beautiful, comforting, soul-stirring piece, Judith.

I've been sad since I read on my friend Renee's blog that her 25 year old nephew only has a few months to live due to inoperable brain cancer. He was only diagnosed just recently and his mother (Renee's sister) was also recently diagnosed with cancer. What a heavy burden on this precious family... I ask you to pray for them because I know you're a praying woman. It's truly a mystery how such music can comfort a grieving soul. Blessings, dearest friend.

rebecca said...

For some reason this piece reminds me of church at Christmastime. And, your few words are packed with wisdom and immense truth... everything is a matter of perspective.

((hugs and love))
Rebecca

Judith Ellis said...

Marion, my sister, my friend - My love I send to you. I will most certainly pray for Renee, her nephew, and her sister. I believe in the power of prayer and have myself been a benefactor of it in life-threatening situations.

I posted this piece today after having received more than a few emails and calls from friends online and otherwise who are facing incredibly difficult situations. My heart has also been overwhelmed this week with the pain of others.

But this I am most confident of: I called upon the Lord in my distress and he heard me and delivered me for He who began a good work in me shall complete it. The same is true for all others.

God is more than able to interfere in our affairs should we desire His help. It doesn't matter how big or small our situation He cares about whatever concerns us.

Have faith in God and let's love our brothers and sisters as ourselves. This means stepping outside of ourselves to meet the needs of others, even in less abundant times. When we give it is given back to us.

There are many ways of giving. Let's find a way.

Judith Ellis said...

Yes, I can see that, Rebecca, although the words are like those heard during the Easter season. But I'm sure you would agree that the sublimity of this piece gives hope during any season, in life or death, in happiness of distress. It's comforting indeed.

Peace and love to you, dear friend.

rebecca said...

I'll have to play it when I get home then. I turned it on at work (but very low) so I really wasn't paying attention to the words but managed to hear the comforting music.

Judith Ellis said...

For you, Rebecca:

Latin:

Ave, verum corpus
natum de Maria Virgine,
Vere passum immolatum
in Cruce pro homine,
Cujus latus perforatum
unda fluxit (et) sanguine,
Esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.

Translation:

Hail,true body
born of the Virgin Mary,
Who truly suffered, sacrificed
on the Cross for man,
Whose pierced side overflowed
with water and blood,
Be for us a foretaste
In the test of death

Blessings!

Marion said...

Amen, Judith. Me, too. I know that prayer works wonders and that God still does miracles....Thank you & God Bless you!!

Judith Ellis said...

Peace, my dear sister.

septembermom said...

Thank you Judith for this much needed gift today! My mind does feel more relaxed and my spirit renewed. Music does move the soul.

Judith Ellis said...

My pleasure, Kelly. Music is amazing.

Brosreview said...

This piece takes me to a place from where I do not want to return. AH! Thanks Judith!

Judith Ellis said...

Oh, Ajey, my thoughtful talented young friend, I am so happy that this piece touched you in such a way. I am thinking of you, dear friend. Peace and much love to you.

DB said...

This rude boy, scornful young man and lover of scatological jokes must have known a lot about human misery and distress and the faith to face and overcome it.

DB

Judith Ellis said...

Bravo, DB, my dear sir.

"Scatological jokes?" LOL! I had to look that one up.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Music like this evokes peace within our soul. As it happens, Mozart is one of my late mother's favourites.

Thanks Judith for this wonderful reminder.

Judith Ellis said...

Bonnie - It's my pleasure. Mozart is without doubt among my top three favorite composers of all time.