“For you, oh Lord, my soul in stillness waits. Truly my hope is in You.”
I closed my eyes and let the familiar melodies of the liturgical choir in the chapel of my alma mater fill me with peace.
It was exactly one year ago that I sat in this same chapel as a college senior in the midst of my last finals week wondering what post-graduation life would be like. Would I find a job? Where would I live? Would I be happy? It was also during that last Mass before graduation that the liturgical choir sang the same Marty Haugen song, “My Soul in Stillness Waits.”
The lyrics of the song are simple, based on Psalm 95 and the historic “O” Antiphons that also inspired the Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Immanuel.” The meditative refrain echoed through my final days of undergraduate life, as I anxiously waited for God to shed a ray of light on my future.
I wrote on my personal blog:
“I may be waiting, but in some respects, we are all always waiting. Yet I wait in a peaceful stillness that only comes from knowing the one who has already written the remaining chapters in the book of my life. Truly my hope is in You.”
Now one year later, as I sat in the very same holy place, I realized that God had provided all that I had asked for during that very service. I asked for peace. I asked for direction. I asked for joy. I asked for faith and received so much more in return.
The season of Advent is a time of patient waiting. Find a hymn that speaks to you and mentally repeat the refrain as you go about the next few weeks leading up to Christmas. No matter what you’re waiting for – a spouse, a career change, a new outlook on life – remember that God provides when you put your hope in Him.