Day 40, Nicene Creed, 32nd Line
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening 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 blessèd we shall meet at last.
-From the hymn Be Still My Soul
I think sometimes we use the word Amen like the word stop in a telegram, or the end in a story—as if we’re communicating that the prayer is over. That is not what Amen means, though. To give our Amen is to attest that what’s being said is the truth. When we say "Amen" at the end of the Creed, we are emphatically standing in agreement with the generations of Christians before and after us who all proclaim that this is the unchanging revelation of Christ to humanity. We look back on all that God has done, we look forward to all that He has promised to do, and in doing so, we find our place in the story of God redeeming humanity to Himself.