Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
– John 14:27, NRSV
“Nada te turbe,” we sang, sitting there on the floor in Taizé’s Church of the Reconciliation. “Nada te turbe, nada te espante; quien a Dios tiene nada le falta.Nada te turbe, nada te espante: sólo Dios basta.”
To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was singing. I had a fair amount of Spanish in high school, and a bit in college, so I could pick out a few familiar words… but at the time, I didn’t really know what I was singing.
I’ve pieced it together now, thanks to the miraculous phenomenon that is Google. Somewhat loosely translated, it means:
Nada te turbe.
Let nothing trouble you.
Nada te espante.
Let nothing frighten you.
Quien a Dios tiene nada le falta.
The one who has God lacks nothing.
Sólo Dios basta.
God alone is enough.
Based on the 16th century writings of Teresa of Ávila, the song is a popular one at Taizé. When I visited back in 2007, I must’ve sung it dozens of times, even without fully grasping the meaning.
I’m glad I did. I’m glad I sang it without fully comprehending it… because thirteen years later, I’d be living through a pandemic and need those words. In these troubling, frightening times, I’d need that ingrained reminder: I have God, and the one who has God lacks nothing, because God alone is enough.
So, friends… in these troubling times, let nothing trouble you.
In these frightening times, let nothing frighten you.
You have God, and the one who has God lacks nothing.
God alone is enough.
Hold on to that in this season… because after all:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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