“In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow
to the string to shoot in the dark
at the upright in heart;
if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?
The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test,
the children of man.
Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind
shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.”
Troubled world, troubled people
striking out blindly but boldly in the name of their cause.
Whether race, economics, politics, or creed
all are in vain for none of them can save.
Only One can save, give peace;
the One who gave His life as a ‘ransom for many’
for you, for me.
Turn away from strife, pride, ego, self-seeking
Turn to Him–Jesus Christ–who makes us new creations
New creations capable of loving and forgiving and reconciling
peoples of all races, economics, politics and creed.
In the name of Jesus
Lord God Heavenly Father, when we were dead in our sins You came to us and gave us life in Your Name. Through the Water and the Word you placed your name–Father, Son and Holy Spirit upon us. We are Yours. Open our mouths that we might declare your praise in this world where many other voices can be heard. May Your sweet Gospel ring true above the din. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
O keep me watchful, then, and humble;
Permit me nevermore to stray.
Uphold me when my feet would stumble,
And keep me on the narrow way.
Fill all my nature with Thy light,
O radiance strong and bright!
~Johann Scheffler, 1624-77