Thursday, October 1, 2015

The World is Very Evil...Now What?

From Pastor Kavouras to bouy the saints and to turn the eyes and hearts of those who are confused toward the Comforter who promises not to save this world, but to save us out of it:

Originally published here April 16, 2013
Regarding The Events In Boston
Fellow Saints:

We sing in TLH# 605 "The world is very evil." That is the faith we confess. We learn from God's Word that sin has totally corrupted the human heart, ours included, and that there is no bottom to what people are capable of doing to one another. While the events in Boston sicken us, they should not shock or surprise us. The world is, indeed, very evil. Neither should such happenings make us afraid, or willing to submit to limitations of our liberties as if doing so will prevent the next such calamity. It will not. The world is very evil. These things and worse will continue to happen. No happy hope, good intention or new legislation will stop them.

There is one solution, however, but it is a future one, the return of Christ when all things will be made new, and when we will be fully and finally delivered from the sin, death and the devil, who inspires such acts. Until that time we find our comfort in Christ who is present among us in the Word and the Sacraments. We come to the Father of all mercies, and God of all comfort for consolation, safety and courage. Men cannot give you these things. They promise them but they cannot deliver. The simple message to remember is that Lord is our Shepherd, we will never be in want. In Christ we have the forgiveness of sins, peace which passes all understanding, and the assurance that the goodness and mercy of God will follow us all the days of our lives. So rest. But if you should have trouble finding calm don't forget the best medicine of all, the Christian hymn. Here is a powerful one, especially verses five and six.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
Pastor Kavouras

"Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow" #554
by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676

1. Now rest beneath night's shadow
The woodland, field, and meadow,
The world in slumber lies;
But Thou, my heart, awake thee,
To prayer and song betake thee;
Let praise to thy Creator rise.


2. The radiant sun hath vanished,
His golden rays are banished
By night, the foe of day;
But Christ, the Sun of gladness,
Dispelling all my sadness,
Within my heart holds constant sway.


3. The rule of day is over
And shining jewels cover
The heaven's boundless blue.
Thus I shall shine in heaven,
Where crowns of gold are given
To all who faithful prove and true.


4. To rest my body hasteth,
Aside its garments casteth,
Types of mortality;
These I put off and ponder
How Christ will give me yonder
A robe of glorious majesty.


5. Lord Jesus, who dost love me,
Oh, spread Thy wings above me
And shield me from alarm!
Though evil would assail me,
Thy mercy will not fail me:
I rest in Thy protecting arm.


6. My loved ones, rest securely,
For God this night will surely
From peril guard your heads.
Sweet slumbers may He send you
And bid His hosts attend you
And through the night watch o'er your beds.

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