Gracious Power

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Daily Reformation, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

From the Reformer

Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott
(Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord!)

Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord!
Be all Thy graces now out poured
On each believer’s mind and heart;
Thy fervent love to them impart.
Lord, by the brightness of Thy light,
Thou in the faith dost men unite
Of every land and every tongue;
This to Thy praise, O Lord, our God, be sung.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Thou holy Light, Guide Divine,
Oh, cause the Word of Life to shine!
Teach us to know our God aright
And call Him Father with delight.
From every error keep us free;
Let none but Christ our Master be
That we in living faith abide,
In Him, our Lord, with all our might confide.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Thou holy Fire, Comfort true,
Grant us the will Thy work to do
And in Thy service to abide;
Let trials turn us not aside.
Lord, by Thy power prepare each heart
And to our weakness strength impart
That bravely here we may contend,
Through life and death to Thee, our Lord, ascend.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

— a hymn by Martin Luther, 1483-1546

Pulling It Together

Everything seemed to be falling apart for her. Many would have buckled under the pressures she faced but she acted outside of her own strength; she admitted her weakness and leaned on God’s strength. And strong he was. He saw her through the difficulties that she had feared would do her in. Because the enduring Spirit of Christ was in her heart, she was not turned aside by her trials, but instead bravely met increasing challenges with renewed faith. The grace of God was not in vain in her life.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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