*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the songs of Faith – June 24, 2018Jun 24, 2018
“I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music…” Martin Luther, in a letter (1530) to Catholic composer, Ludwig Senfl
Hymns are often the first way we learn to give voice to our faith as children and even those who are not great singers have favorite hymns that they know by heart. You are invited to reflect on this stanza in the week ahead. Use it for prayer, meditation, or in daily devotion. Our prayer and hope is that these hymn stanzas will lift and deepen your faith and encourage your living of that faith in daily works of love and acts of mercy.
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing ELW 807, stanza 2
Here I raise my ebenezer;
“Hither to thy help I’ve come”;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger
wand’ring from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
Stanza two of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing begins with the phrase, “Here I raise my ebenezer.” People are constantly asking, “What’s an ebenezer?” An ebenezer is a stone of remembrance. 1 Samuel 7:12 says, Samuel took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer—‘the stone of help’—for he said, ‘Up to this point the Lord has helped us!’ That stone then represented a fresh beginning (like the new beginning we receive in Christ’s mercy) and served as a reminder for generations to come. Some people keep prayer journal to record their prayers to God and how he answers them, so they can examine their journey. A prayer journal can also be an ebenezer.
Acknowledgements: Weekly hymn selections have been adapted from Singing the Songs of Faith: 52 Great Hymn Stanzas created in 2011 by Isobel Davies, Thatcher Lyman, Paul E. Shoop, and Jeremy Shoop. The selection reflects their views and priorities and is a teaching tool in their settings. The original resource is available in electronic form at http://immanuelwebster.org/lutheran/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/52-Great-Hymns_web.pdf