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a benediction from Menno Simons

November 2nd, 2006 by isaac · 3 Comments

I’ve been trying to incorporate some voices of tradition into our Sunday services at the Mennonite church. Here’s a quote from Menno Simons that I used as our benediction the other night. It comes from an open letter to John of Leiden (1535):

All you who have tasted the kindnes of the Lord, love Him. The Lord keeps the upright. Be of good cheer, and doubt not; for the Lord will strengthen your souls, all who patiently wait for His coming. The Lord reigneth, let the people tremble; he sitteth between the cherubim; let the earth be moved.

Menno Simons, The Complete Writings, p. 50.

Tags: theology

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 palletjackracer // Nov 2, 2006 at 9:06 am

    it sounds like one of the ancient psalms. very cool.

  • 2 metapundit // Nov 2, 2006 at 10:24 pm

    Makes me think of the New English Bible translation of 1 Peter 2 (can’t find the NEB online unfortunately) “Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good!” My (former) Church had the Complete Menno Simons in the library and I always meant to get around to reading it..

  • 3 isaac // Nov 5, 2006 at 5:21 am

    Metapundit, thanks for the observation. I just read your meditation on 1 Peter 2 and can see why it’s fresh on the mind. One thing that I appreciate about your comments about the passage from 1 Peter is that our “tasting that the Lord is good” is a call to mission, a call to share that goodness with others—the evangelical impulse. That seems important. And the trick, it seems to me, is to learn how to feel this passion for activity, while taking Menno’s words seriously: “wait patiently for his coming.”