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Table Grace

Don Maddox

In a sermon at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Gary Wilburn said: "In 1636, amid the darkness of the Thirty Years' War, a German pastor, Martin Rinkart, is said to have buried five thousand of his parishioners in one year, and average of fifteen a day. His parish was ravaged by war, death, and economic disaster. In the heart of that darkness, with the cries of fear outside his window, he sat down and wrote this table grace for his children:

Now thank we all our God With heart and hands and voices;Who wondrous things had doneIn whom His world rejoices.Who, from our mother's armsHath led us on our wayWith countless gifts of loveAnd still is ours today."

Here was a man who knew thanksgiving comes from love of God, not from outward circumstances.