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Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful

  • for one more year of sound mind and sound body.
  • for a big meal with the whole family (minus one sick son-in-law).
  • that my youngest grandson is a contented baby. It’s a wonderful thing when the youngest of three, all 3-years-old or younger, is an easy baby. I’m also thankful for every one of his pudgy chins.
  • for the promise of spring.
  • for the prologue to John’s gospel.
  • for the three persons of the Trinity, each with their own role in the creation, the incarnation, and the economy of salvation. 

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? 


Heidelberg Catechism

Question 77. Where has Christ promised that he will feed and nourish believers with his body and blood as surely as they eat this broken bread and drink this cup?

Answer: In the institution of the supper:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ESV)

This promise is repeated by Paul when he writes:

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17 ESV)


Sunday's Hymn: Ah, Holy Jesus

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
That man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.

Lo, the good Shepherd for the sheep is offered:
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered:
For man’s atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation:
Thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee
Think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
Not my deserving.

—Johann Heerman


Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

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Surrounding the Work of Jesus Christ

I posted at Out of the Ordinary this morning on the work of the Son and the work of the Holy Spirit in the economy of salvation. 


Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful

  • for healthy grandchildren.
  • for rosy cheeks from outdoor air on a sunny winter day. 
  • for baby naps on Grandma’s chest and fuzzy baby heads.
  • for the excellent books I’m reading.
  • that the circumstances of my life are given to me by God; that he is good and he knows what he’s doing.

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for?