Riding Waves Of Emotion
Emotions rise and fall in the heart
waves on the sea. It can be difficult
preserve one's peace in times of stress
it is so easy to get caught up in the
of the moment. Striving to steady the
in these times with trust in the Lord's
love will strengthen the heart's ability
to carry the cross in good times and
"My child, when you come to serve the Lord,
prepare yourself for trials. Set your heart
right and be steadfast, and do not be impetuous
in time of calamity. Cling to Him and do
not depart, so that your last days may be
prosperous. Accept whatever befalls you,
and in times of humiliation be patient. For
gold is tested in the fire, and those found
acceptable, in the furnace of humiliation.
Trust in Him, and He will help you; make
your ways straight, and hope in Him." (Sirach 2.2-6)
Emotions jar, distress, and churn
The heart that is not held secure;
The truth becomes hard to discern --
A heart that's steadfast will endure.
Some souls struggle and try to cope,
As strong emotions rise and fall;
A steadfast heart's anchored by hope
In the Lord's steadfast love, through all.
A steadfast heart can persevere
Like a sea-wall against the waves:
Preserving peace, yet not austere --
Knowing it is the Lord who saves.
A steadfast heart holds the cross tight,
With a resolve strong and sincere:
Through highs of day and lows of night;
In joy and hope, sadness and fear.
On steadfast hearts, the Lord depends;
Life and virtue are dividends.
"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is
steadfast...I will give thanks to you, O
Lord... For Your steadfast love is higher
than the heavens, and Your faithfulness reaches
to the clouds." (Psalm 108.1a,3a,4)
Lord, steady my heart in times of joy and
sorrow, that I may persevere in Your peace,
come what may. Amen.
(c) Paul Buis, 2009