Monday, October 05, 2015

Faith in His Word Cannot Fail

CALL TO PRAYER
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
—Isaiah 12:2-3
PSALM
I was oppressed and made to fall;
the Lord then rescued me.
The Lord's my strength, he is my song
the Lord, he did save me.
—Psalm 118:13-14
Suggested tune (Azmon):
TEXT OF THE DAY
When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.
—Matthew 9:23-25
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Behold, this Word of Christ is not a matter of laughter and foolishness, but of great wisdom, by which death and all the images of death are swallowed up, and in their place true comfort, joy, and life are obtained. The act and experience must assuredly follow this word of Christ, and faith in his word cannot fail. Let this be regarded as a masterpiece and a wonderful work of alchemy or a science, which indeed does not turn copper and lead into gold, but turns death into sleep, your grave into a soft sofa, the time from the death of Abel until the last day into a brief hour, a work which no creature has nor can attempt except through faith in Christ. If you can believe this, that is, let the word of Christ be true and not a lie, you have already overcome both death and the sting of death, and in their place have obtained sweet rest.
—Martin Luther
MORNING PRAYER
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—trad.

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