The interview for a new assignment went well for my husband Dan.
Now, they want him to come again and bring his wife for a second interview. This was new territory for me and not a very comfortable one. He had always done very well on his own with job interviews up until now. What if I messed it up for him by saying the wrong thing or doing something stupid?
I began to mull over what to wear, how to think about this, and saying, Dear Lord, I need your help. Very soon the day came when we headed for the airport, suitcases in hand, and were on our way to the second interview.
As we found our seats on the plane and got settled in, there was nothing else to prepare, only get quiet now, sit back, and enjoy the ride. I was still hesitant about my role in this trip, but I noticed as my mind relaxed that there was a little tune repeating itself there without my taking notice. What was the song playing about in my head, I thought. Maybe this song had some significance for me for this moment. To my great amazement, it was “Go Now in Peace,” the choir’s favorite benediction where I served as organist.
A Hymn to Help
My heart skipped a beat with the realization that my caring Father in heaven was bringing these words to my remembrance to help me now. So I went over them slowly in my mind, taking a deep breath, closing my eyes and drinking them in.
Go now in peace…never be afraid
God will go with you each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true
Know He will guide you in all you do
Go now in love, and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.
Amen, amen, amen.*
A new peace settled around me at that moment. Maybe I can do this! Yes, it gave me confidence for the days ahead. As it turned out, the whole experience was somewhat effortless and quite enjoyable, supported by the realization that God would go with me and guide me in all that I was to do.
When the time was right and we knew we would be leaving Richmond, Virginia, and going on to Denton, Texas, I shared briefly in the choir room rehearsal before we went in for the service about how their favorite benediction had helped me. During the weeks ahead, we shed tears, especially me, for I had really become bonded with the people at the church.
When my last Sunday there arrived, I had special satisfaction when I saw the sheet cake with the words “Go Now in Peace” because it meant that they remembered my small sharing moment that day in the choir room. They also prepared a beautiful framed caligraphy of the words to the song, topped off with a bouquet of red roses on the organ.
The framed caligraphy of the words has hung on our wall ever since, right at our front door, so that everyone who goes from our home can see the words….Go now in peace.
Elaine is the founder of hymnserve.com. Her website provides downloadable hymn accompaniment for congregations, small groups and individuals.
*by Don Besig