The Class of 2014 has been sent forth to let their light shine in the world:
David Haas’ beautiful hymn “With You By My Side” is a joyful prayer for all who move on this year into a future filled with newness and perhaps some fear of the unknown. This song is quite moving and will fill you with hope, as no matter what is to come, our loving God is there to guide us through it.
In a similar manner, the prayer of St. Francis de Sales exhorts us to trust in the Lord to care for us and guide us along all the paths of our lives:
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for
you today will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
–Saint Francis de Sales
God is good… All the time!!