Crumbs
August 11, 2020
67. Week of Forth Sunday after Epiphany - Wednesday
A pattern for old Christians
          I will go about Your altar, O Lord, that I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works. Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your honour dwells.   Psalms 26:6-8
          Surely, this text was in the mind of Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser. She was very old, having lived with her husband for only seven years after marriage, and was now a widow of about eighty-four years. She was a prophetess, a woman endowed with special gifts of the Holy Spirit. But though she was a prophetess, yet, regardless of her great age, she did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day. And for this she received a great and blessed reward: she found Jesus in the temple. And when she had found Him, she gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36-38.)
          What a pattern for old Christians! They look back upon the long pathway of life which they have traversed. Soon they must pass through the valley of death to their eternal home, where heavenly songs of praise resound, where all the wonders of God's grace are seen and fully known, where the glory of God shall be upon them. Meanwhile, what better thing can they do than to go about God's altar, where they proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, where they tell of all His wondrous works, where His honour dwells, yes, where they find Jesus and His Word and Sacrament? Oh, may God grant His Holy Spirit to all old Christians, that, leaning upon their staff, if need be, they regularly wend their way to the house of God. And oh! may they also pray, and speak of Jesus to their relatives and to other Christians. This is a fitting habit for aged pilgrims whose goal is heaven - Much more, however, ought young Christians to be found where God would equip them for the perilous way through this Life to heaven.
          PRAYER: - Lord God, Heavenly Father, grant me, I beseech You, Your Holy Spirit, that I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all the wondrous works which You have done for our salvation and will do for our eternal happiness, and that I may love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your honour dwells. And there bless me, O God, with blessings from on high, that I may know my Saviour ever better, and believe in Him ever more firmly, and finally finish my course joyfully, and through Him enter my eternal home. Amen

First Part : Festival Season
August 11, 2020