68. They are nevertheless in truth the most insignificant graces when compared with the grace of God and the piety of the cross.
Luther was very good at talking about the power of the cross and the strength that we draw from the grace that God has shown us through the cross of Christ. I am reminded of this old hymn that sums it up so well.
“In the Cross of Christ I Glory” by John Bowring, 1792-1872
1. In the Cross of Christ I glory, 2. When the woes of life o’ertake me,3. When the sun of bliss is beaming Towering o’er the wrecks of time. Light and love upon my way, All the light of sacred story From the Cross the radiance streaming Gathers round its head sublime. Adds more luster to the day.4. Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, By the Cross are sanctified; Never shall the Cross forsake me; Peace is there that knows no measure, Lo, it glows with peace and joy. Joys that through all time abide. Hymn #354 The Lutheran Hymnal Text: Gal. 6:14 Author: John Bowring, 1825 Composer: Ithamar Conkey, 1849 Tune: “Rathbun”
Prayer: God of Grace and mercy give me the assurance that comes from Your Cross and show me the way to live in Your gracious power. That I may always be a beacon of light in the darkness of this world. Through Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen.