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O Father God we glorify You

O Father God we glorify You
And praise Your goodness
That You have graciously manifested
Yourself to us anew,
And has led us together, Lord,
To admonish us through Your Word
Give us grace for this.

From the Ausbund, First Hymn

Love will never come to nothing

Love will never come to nothing. Everything has an end but love. Love alone shall stand… Love clothes us for the wedding feast because God is love and love is God. He helps us out of all distress, and who shall take us far from him? Knowledge swells but love builds up. Everything done without love comes to ruin. Oh love! Oh love! Lead us with your hand and bind us together. False love is that which deceives us. Amen.

— Ludwig Haetzer, based on I Corinthians 13, Ausbund, 57:6-7

Beautifully adorned and clear

That which Adam lost, we find again in Christ, beautifully adorned and clear.

Ausbund, 51:6

O world, o treacherous sea

It was long enough, world, that I floated about in you, oh treacherous sea. You deceived me long enough. You detained me. While I was a slave to sin, and wronged God, you loved and honoured me. But now you hate me.

— Christoph Bauman, Switzerland, Ausbund 76

Getting to know yourself

It is difficult for the one who loves to talk to get to know himself. If he would think of who he is, he would not have so much to say. Look at yourself! Leave the rest.

— Othmar Roth, Sankt Gallen in Switzerland, 1532, Ausbund 58

Who will dare?

“Who will now dare say that I have lost my age and years? Who will say that I have lost my courage?”

– Algerius, an imprisoned Italian student, to his fellow noblemen who urged him to renounce his faith, Martyrs Mirror, p. 570-573

The true countenance of God has been revealed over my life.

“The accomplishments, arts, or gifts which God has given me, were at first pleasant companions and recreations; now they yield me holy fruits. It is true, I have sweated, suffered cold, and as much as I was able, watched night and day; but this labor has tended and redounded to make me more perfect; there never passed a day or hour without some improvement. Behold, the true countenance of God has been revealed over my life, and the Lord has caused me to experience great joy in my heart. In Him alone I shall rest in peace.”

– Algerius, Martyrs Mirror, p. 570-573

Tortures not worth speaking of

“… There is but one remedy, one medicine, which can cure all their infirmities; and this remedy gives to me also strength, and life, and cheerfulness to suffer all these fears and afflictions, which are but momentary, and not worth speaking of; this is the hope which I have placed in heaven.”

– Algerius,Martyrs Mirror, p. 570-573