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
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.
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,
"Now Rest Beneath
Night's Shadow" #554
by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676
1. Now rest beneath night's shadow
The woodland, field, and meadow,
world in slumber lies;
But Thou, my heart, awake thee,
To prayer and song
Let praise to thy Creator rise.
2. The radiant sun hath vanished,
His golden rays are banished
night, the foe of day;
But Christ, the Sun of gladness,
Dispelling all my
Within my heart holds constant sway.
3. The rule of day is over
And shining jewels cover
Thus I shall shine in heaven,
Where crowns of gold are
To all who faithful prove and true.
4. To rest my body hasteth,
Aside its garments casteth,
These I put off and ponder
How Christ will give me yonder
robe of glorious majesty.
5. Lord Jesus, who dost love me,
Oh, spread Thy wings above me
shield me from alarm!
Though evil would assail me,
Thy mercy will not fail
I rest in Thy protecting arm.
6. My loved ones, rest securely,
For God this night will surely
peril guard your heads.
Sweet slumbers may He send you
And bid His hosts
And through the night watch o'er your beds.