When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Many people are worried by ‘what if?’ questions. ‘What if’ … I lost my job, my marriage, my health or my reputation?
Today there are many more ‘what if’ questions. What if…
- …I catch coronavirus?
- …through social isolation our family relationships deteriorate further?
- …there is no job for me at the end of it all?
- …my friend in hospital doesn’t make it?
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me
Three young Jewish men had to face up to their ‘what if?’. Instructed by the king to worship a huge golden statue they refused and were threatened with death in a blazing furnace. They reply:
‘If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it … But even if he does not… then we will not serve your gods ….’*
Their inspiration and power was bigger than any ‘what if?’ questions.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
For some this refers to the one they love. Perhaps it could refer to the NHS…
For me it speaks of a god with whom I can ‘sit awhile’ in stillness with my ‘what if?’ questions and sense his presence and refreshment.
With a new power, courage and strength for my mountains or storms I face the ‘what if?’ questions not on my own but with a person who can make me ‘more than I can be’.
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be.
Based on ‘You raise me up’ by Josh Groban (2001): brought up as an Episcopalian, I believe this is a statement of his faith
*The story is told in Daniel Chapter 3