Martin Rinkart ministered to the people of Eilenburg, Germany during the Thirty Years War.  Not only was the town the site of many skirmishes, but many lives were lost due to disease and poverty – a common malady of the day. Rinkart officiated over 4000 funerals, including his wife’s, during this difficult time.  He often buried as many as 50 in a day.

It’s hard to imagine having such a strong faith in such great sadness, but  in the next twenty years,  Rinkart penned the lyrics to the hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God.”  The words resonate with gratitude even in adverse situations.

God dishes out great bounty even when everything seems hopeless and bleak.  We don’t always see the blessings, but God is good and His mercy endures forever – even when times are tough.  Especially when things look their darkest.

Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us,
to keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
of this world in the next.

All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son and Spirit blest,
who reign in highest heaven
the one eternal God,
whom heaven and earth adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.




As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. Reblogged this on God's group and commented:

    Great post to remember our blessings on this day of Thanksgiving !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce


  2. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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