And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.
— Ecclesiastes 8:15, ESV.
It was a day of cool crisp air filled with warm Spring sunshine. This dragonfly fluttered its wings in the sunbeams of early evening.
… ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.
— Job 12:7-10, ESV.
The sun sets over Hartman Creek forming silhouettes of the trees.
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
— Psalm 113:3-4, ESV.
Sun beams peer through the trees at Hartman Creek State Park. This area of the park is a good place to contemplate. God creates amazing beauty for even the poorest of us.
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people…
Praise the Lord!
— Psalm 113:5-9, ESV.
Mary of Magdala was the first, but not the last, to report back to the disciples: “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20:18).
He is risen!
Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish?
It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish;
Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit,
This I do merit.
O wondrous love, whose depth no heart hath sounded,
That brought Thee here, by foes and thieves surrounded!
All worldly pleasures, heedless, I was trying
While Thou wert dying.
O mighty King, no time can dim Thy glory!
How shall I spread abroad Thy wondrous story?
How shall I find some worthy gifts to proffer?
What dare I offer?
But worthless is my sacrifice, I own it;
Yet, Lord, for love’s sake Thou wilt not disown it;
Thou wilt accept my gift in Thy great meekness
Nor shame my weakness.
And when, dear Lord, before Thy throne in heaven
To me the crown of joy at last is given,
Where sweetest hymns Thy saints forever raise Thee,
I, too, shall praise Thee.
— “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?”
LSB 439:3, 7-8, 14-15.
“… he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.'”
— Luke 22:19-20, ESV.
Raw video from the 2018 American Birkebeiner held in northern Wisconsin.
This year racers from 49 U.S. states and 39 countries competed. Nearly 40,000 skiers, spectators, and volunteers gather annually for this race. (Worldloppet TV magazine #14). The American Birkebeiner is a Worldloppet race.
Jessie Diggins grew up skiing in the American Birkebeiner.
Christ always received worship and adoration from the angels, for He always was God. Now they are adoring Him also as man.
— Blessed Theodoret,
Book of Concord, Catalog of Testimonies (632).
That the nature received from us is a participant in the same honor of Him who received it and that no difference in worship appears, but the divinity which is not seen is worshiped through the nature which is seen—this surpasses every miracle.
— Blessed Theodoret,
Book of Concord, Catalog of Testimonies (629).
In recognition of the five hundred year anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, Light from Light hosted a giveaway of a copy of the Christian Book of Concord, Second Edition from Concordia Publishing House.
Seventy-two people entered. The winner chosen at random was David P.
The Book of Concord should be in every Lutheran home. If a person isn’t familiar with this book, he’ll think, ‘That old book is just for pastors. I don’t have to preach. After working all day, I can’t sit down and study in the evening. If I read my morning and evening devotions, that’s enough.’ No, that is not enough! The Lord doesn’t want us to remain children, blown to and fro by every wind of doctrine; instead of that, He wants us to grow in knowledge so that we can teach others.
— Dr. C.F.W. Walther.
Click here for additional reasons why every Lutheran home should have a copy of the Christian Book of Concord.
May God bless you in the upcoming holiday / holy-day season.