The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness. (Rom 13:12 KJV)
The apostle teaches us, how we should use the time aright and approach the last day appropriately. He does not restrict himself to the illustrations of the nightdress and rest of the night. Rather he elaborates the misuse of the night for evil works and the practice of sinfulness. All this bothers even faithful Christians, because it sticks to us throughout our lifetimes. Still we are under the obligation to oppose these works of darkness and cast them off like we do with our pyjamas in the morning. The night is gone, the day has come. Therefore forget the issues of the night and live according to the rules of the day. We would not be caught by surprise and in our pyjamas at noon time. Help o Lord Jesus and let it be done. Hosanna, we praise you and your glory. Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the amour of light! Amen.
Help us, O Jesus, Thou mighty Defender, Help when the forces of evil appear; Help us to battle and never surrender, Help us to conquer, and drive away fear; Satan is cunning, the prince of deceivers, Bringing disaster to many believers.
Help us, O Jesus, in hours of temptation, When both our faith and our courage are weak; Teach us to look to the sign of salvation, And near Thy cross a new armor to seek; Then we shall conquer, if Thou wilt befriend us, Thou wilt prevail and our faith will defend us.
Help us, O Jesus, when death shall spread terror, And our poor eyes are too feeble to see; Cleanse us and purge us from sin and from error; That we may blindly in faith cling to Thee; Help us, O Jesus, we conquer in dying, Unto the last on Thy mercy relying. (Johann Heinrich Schröder, 1667-1699 tr Rudolph A. John 1922)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Tuesday after the first Sunday in Advent. It is found on Pg. 9 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.