At The Helm

This was part of the reading/commentary I read yesterday. I was supposed to write about it yesterday but things got in the way. In other words Saturday got the best of me.

I wanted to share this with you guys because, one I thought it was a really great poem but more importantly I feel that the message is very apt for the how my life is currently.

Life has always brought great challenges. I’ve been feeling it more so now. Not so much as times are harder now it’s just that as time goes by there are more and more things to think about and worry. I’ve always been a worrier.

I have to learn to put God as the captain of my life. I need to learn to give up control and allow him to lead my life.

I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I did.

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942), Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe

*Poetry: “Am Steuer” / “At the Helm” (trans. Suzanne Batzdorff)*

bq. Fierce are the waves, Lord, rough the seas,
And dark, so dark, the night.
I beg of you to grant me, please,
On lonely vigil, light.

bq. Then steer your ship with steady arm,
Trust me, and rest your soul.
Your little boat I’ll keep from harm,
I’ll guide it toward its goal.

bq. Be firm of purpose as you keep
The compass e’er in view.
Through stormy night you’ll cross the deep,
’twill help you to steer true.

bq. The needle trembles faintly, then
Holds steady and prevails;
It points your way and guides you when
I, God, direct your sails.

bq. Be therefore steadfast, calm and true,
Your God is at your side.
Through storm and night He’ll see you through
With conscience as your guide.

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