This life is a struggle. Nobody can deny that. Or is somebody exempt of this struggle? If somebody is not struggling with this world, then he’s in conflict with the heavens. Even the godly angels are warriors and fight as men of war. Our Lord Jesus Christ was in this world like we are and he was involved in the most severe battles until he could finally proclaim victoriously: “It is fulfilled!” Then his hardship was ended, but even now his a warrior of note – the top general and almighty Lord of all battles and wars. It is his future – and he will prove it in the final destruction of the antichrist, all evil enemies and godless foes. This is not just a battle for the Son, but also for the Father and the Holy Spirit. The most holy Trinity is at war against all evil and for his own kingdom and people. This conflict will last till the last day. It is still growing in ferocity, violence and terror. Oh – it is very serious and not to be taken lightly even if we don’t see much of it too clearly. Blow the trumpets! Wake up the lazy sleepers. Do everything to alert everybody to recognize the grim truth of this dire situation. Whoever has ears, let him hear what the apostle writes!
Oh Lord of Hosts, receive our prayers this evening and pour out over us the bounty of your mercy and victories. Guard us with your holy angels, gird us with your powerful weapons, defend us with your power, save us from all calamity and danger, from the persecution and destruction by the evil foe and grant us your most precious grace, that we can peacefully, free from sin, fear and terror pass this night and every day of our life. With you we find mercy and forgiveness. Lord, triune God we praise and magnify your holy name now and forever. Amen. (Wilhelm Löhe)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for the twentyfirst Sunday after the high holiday and festival of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 362 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.