August 9, 2022     2:01 pm
20. Third Week in Advent - Friday
I am with you always
          Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world   Mathew 28:20
          Here the risen Saviour spoke to the congregation of His disciples which, together with the eleven Apostles, had been assembled on a mount in Galilee. "You" means all His disciples until the end of the world. He comes to us through His Word and Sacrament, and is with us always. But only through His Word and Sacrament does He make Himself known to us; and there we take Him, Him and His salvation. He is with us always, in great mercy, love, and truth. He does not leave His own to themselves, comfortless, in this wicked world: He is with us. Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus! And what is it, above all, that He wants to accomplish by His presence? By means of our word and testimony He wants to gain more men for His blessed kingdom; and us, and all those so gained, He wants to keep in faith until the end, until salvation. That is His chief aim. And what could be better? What does all other gain profit us, if we do not remain in the faith and finally will not be saved? To this end He governs our whole life, and causes all things to work together for good to us. Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus! He is with us always, the Almighty, the All-merciful. He is with us with a tenderness greater than that of a mother. He has given His angels charge concerning us to keep us in all our ways. But the watch His angels keep is as nothing compared with His. He is with us when we sleep, when we wake, when we weep, when we laugh, when we err, when we fear, when we cry and yearn for Him. He is with us always, and guards us against the devil, the world, and ourselves - against our wicked heart, which forever wants to err. He is with us always, until, at last, we shall be with Him forevermore.
          PRAYER: - Thanks be to You, Lord Jesus, that You are with me always. I rejoice now that I know this, now that I know I am in Your care, in Your keeping, in Your protection. Stay with me, Lord Jesus, and do not leave me to myself. Keep me as the apple of Your eye, Lord Jesus. Into Your trusty saving hand I wholly commend both my body and soul. I cannot find the way to heaven alone, nor can protect myself against my enemies. But You are with me. Thanks be to You, dear Saviour! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:01 pm