Rhyme & Reason

Oct 03 2019

Lord knows I have enough blogs out in cyberspace. But I have been feeling somewhat pensive, perhaps a bit melancholy, and I wanted to start something new to perk me up a bit. After trying out a number of domain names (Thrive was taken), I decided on This Mortal Life. I am in love with the name, truly. I took it from one of my favorite hymns, A Mighty Fortress. The words speak to my heart, currently, as they tell of the formidable attack of that mean foe, satan, and laud victory in the risen Lord.

A Mighty Fortress, Martin Luther

A MIGHTY fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper he, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great;
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing,—
Were not the right man on our side,
The man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he,
Lord Sabaoth his name,
From age to age the same,
And he must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us;
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,—
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,—
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers—
No thanks to them—abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

I tell my children that I want that last stanza on my tombstone, it means so much to me.

For now, I blog. Here is where I expect to express my more serious thoughts, unencumbered by advertisers and sponsored posts who demand so much of my other blogs. I can be as unadorned and plainspoken and boring and poetic as I wish, here.

Thank you for joining me.

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