The Lord reveals his face to those striving forward and he enables and empowers them to recognize the clear ocean of his good and eternal will. He let’s us run the long race patiently and fight bravely too until there are no enemies left and we will see him as the author and perfector of faith, our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we follow and who gives the precious assurance to his faithful servants: “I am your shield and your very great reward” (Gn.15:1)
Almighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father: As another week passes by and time is fleeting rapidly before our eyes and we too hasten along, graciously have mercy on our flawed and imperfect life. In your paternal goodness forgive again where we have deserved your righteous wrath in the past week with our thoughts, words and deeds. Help to rectify and put into good order, where we have messed up the workshop of our calling and responsible stewardship in the past week, so that our life may come back on track and be a sanctified preparation for the eternal peace and joy, that you have promised us graciously. Amen. (Württemberger Kirchenbuch, 1931)
Oh wouldst Thou in Thy glory come, As Thou, Lord, hast foretold it! I count the moment’s weary sum Until we may behold it; With burning lamp, the Church, Thy Bride, Is waiting for the holy tide When Thou, Lord, wilt unfold it.
I joy that from Thy love divine No power my soul can sever; That I may dare to call Thee mine, My Lord, my Friend, for ever! That I, O Prince of Life, shall be Made wholly one in heaven with Thee, In life that endeth never.
And therefore do my thinks o’erflow That one more year is ended, And of this Time, so poor, so slow, Another step ascended; And with a heart that may not wait I hasten towards the golden gate Where long my hopes have tended. (August Hermann Franke, 1663-1727 Translation from the Chorale Book of England)
(Translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Saturday after the 1st Sunday after Epiphany as found on Pg. 60 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.)