I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:14-16 NIV)
Every life story is God’s own work of art and providence. He used gold of the most valuable and noble sort, gold of the most finely spun kind to weave the precious lifespan of his only begotten son Jesus Christ. He used silver for John and plain cobwebs for yours and mine. However no rain of bullets nor bombs or dynamite can tear this cobweb, no devil nor evil conspiracy can harm or break the divine destiny for you, yet you can break it all by disobedience to godly guidance and providence.
Dear heavenly Father, I ask of you, open my heart and mouth that I may praise, sanctify and magnify your holy name that is above all else. You have created me to praise your holy name, therefore allow me to lead my life in honour of your glorious name and to serve you in sincere love and fear. Into your godly hands I commend myself this day with all and everything. You have saved me, o Lord the only true God and my faithful redeemer. Amen.
Oh Jesus Christ, when I was not even born yet, you were born for me and dedicated yourself to me. When I had not even got to know you, you had already chosen to elect me for yourself. Even before you made me by your creative hand, you had already decided how best you would become mine and I be yours forever.
In deepest night of death I lay, when you arose as brilliant cosmic sun with radiant light, life, joy and bliss. Oh lovely sun, oh sun of the Father – Jesus Christ – you shine so bright with your godly light enlightening saving faith in me, how dear, noble, precious and beautiful you are! (Paul Gerhard)
(Translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Friday after the 1st Sunday after Epiphany as found on Pg. 59 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and puplished in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.)