Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 7:1-13, John 8:1-11
At our early service this Sunday, we will sing Hymn 589. Is that your favorite? I enjoy reading the hymn lyrics each week as I proofread our bulletins. I admire the writer’s devotion and passion for the Lord, as well as their beautiful and insightful lyrical talent. Hymn 589 was written by Anna Sophia von Hessen-Darmstadt (1638-1683) and verse 2 begins “Oh, what blessing to be near You and to listen to Your voice; Let me ever love and hear You, Let Your Word be now my choice!” Love that. I did a little research about Anna Sophia, a German Princess-Abbess at Quedlinburg Abbey, who lived not long after Martin Luther. She came from a noble family and that allowed her to receive a great education with extended spiritual study. I imagine her reading Luther’s translation of the Bible and his writings, with eyes wide open and a heart to match. Let’s adopt her hymn-prayer as our own today. “Oh, what blessing to be near You and to listen to Your voice; Let me ever love and hear You, Let Your Word be now my choice!” Amen!