When I was a little girl, my father was in charge of bedtime rituals. He would begin with a Bible story in the living room, then we would head to bed where we would say our evening prayers. However, my favorite ritual was when he sang us to sleep with a series of songs. As a child the full impact of that experience was lost on me, but when I look back I realize how fortunate I was. One of the songs rings true to me in these tough times: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical Carousel. The lyrics are:
When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on; walk on, with hope in your heart,
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never walk alone.
When my father would sing this song, I envisioned that he would be with us during a storm, so there was no need for us to be afraid. As I became older, I realized that the song meant so much more. During the hard times in our lives our Holy Lord will see us through those tough times. All one has to do is “hold your head up high” and look to the Lord for guidance, strength, and help in a time of need.
Hold your head up,