Here is a true gem for all of us in Christ’s Church from C.F.W. Walther. A reminder of where God’s promises lie, and where our hope as pastor and people forever dwells:
Even though we possess no power but that of the Word, we nevertheless can and should carry on our work joyfully. Let us, therefore, esteemed sirs and brethren, use this power properly. Let us above all and in all matters be concerned about this, that the pure doctrine of our dear Evangelical Lutheran Church may become known more and more completely among us, that it may be in vogue in all of our congregations, and that it may be preserved from all adulteration and held fast as the most precious treasure. Let us not surrender one iota of the demands of the Word. Let us bring about its complete rule in our congregations and set aside nothing of it, even though for this reason things may happen to us, as God wills. Here let us be inflexible, here let us be adamant. If we do this, we need not worry about the success of our labor. Even though it should seem to us to be in vain, it cannot then be in vain, for the Word does not return void but prospers in the thing whereto to the Lord sent it [Isaiah 55:11]. By the Word alone, without any other power, the Church was founded. By the Word alone, all the great deeds recorded in Church history were accomplished. By the Word alone, the Church will most assuredly stand also in these last days of sore distress, to the end of days. Even the gates of hell will not prevail against it. “All flesh is as grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lord remains forever” [1 Peter 1:24—25]. Amen.
The Synod has No Power But the Word of God, 1848 Synodical Address. Translated by Paul F. Koehneke, published in “At Home in the House of My Fathers”, by Matt Harrison. Lutheran Legacy, 2009.