Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday of Lent 5

Be Still, My Soul – Lutheran Service Book #752
Psalm 42:4-11; 46:10; John 11:1-44; Revelation 7:13-17

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on your side’
Bear patiently the cross of grief our pain;
Leave to your God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; your best, your heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

In any poll ever taken of the greatest men in history, Jesus has always come at or near the top. Jesus is universally admired as a self-sacrificing human being and a gifted teacher. For us Christians, Jesus is far more, He is the Son of God our Father and our beautiful Savior. As such, He is surely worthy of all the admiration we have for Him.

But we do not just admire Jesus from a distance. We actually approach Him so that we come very near to Him and He to us.

Almighty and most merciful God, in this earthly life we endure sufferings and death before we enter into eternal glory. Grant us grace at all times to subject ourselves to Your holy will and to continue steadfast in the true faith to the end of our lives that we may know the peace and joy of the blessed hope of the resurrection of the dead and if the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.[1]

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Collect in times of affliction and distress; © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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