“Bound in Heaven,” Ensign, October 2014, 71
My first child was born prematurely and lived for only a few minutes. My husband and I planned a small graveside service for our son. While we searched for a hymn that would be appropriate at his funeral, we discovered that “Be Still, My Soul” (Hymns, no. 124) offered the comfort and hope we sought.
Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
The words of this hymn gave me comfort in the present, joy regarding the past, and hope for the future. It strengthened our testimonies of our temple sealing and helped us realize that if we are faithful, the sorrow we feel will someday be only a memory. We know we can live again as an eternal family.