On Track With Bro. Larry
In the 1640s, during the Thirty Years War, there was a Lutheran pastor named Martin Rinkart who lived in Eilenberg in Saxony. Eilenberg, a walled city, was surrounded by Swedes and 800 homes were burned. The people within suffered from the plague and from starvation. It got to the point where the pastors within the town were burying many people each day. Pretty soon the pastors themselves started to die and Martin Rinckart was the only pastor left. He was conducting 50 funerals a day. Can you imagine? Fifty funerals a day. He buried over 5,000 people that year, including his own wife. When the war ended a year later in 1648 he sat down, and here are the words that he penned:
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
This was a man who knew horrors beyond any we can think or imagine. He got on his knees and lead people in praise and thanks to our God, because he knew that thanksgiving is more than thanks for things. It is primarily offering thanks for who God is.
Grace and peace – Bro. Larry