Hymns From the Past – Flung to the Heedless Wind

From what I can tell, beloved, Luther wrote this Hymn after receiving the news that two brothers in Christ were burned at the stake. 

Flung to the heedless winds

Or on the waters cast,

The martyrs’ ashes, watched,

Shall gathered be at last.

And from that scattered dust,

Around us and abroad,

Shall spring a plenteous seed

Of witnesses for God.

The Father hath received

Their latest living breath,

And vain is Satan’s boast

Of vict’ry in their death.

Still, still, though dead, they speak,

And, trumpet-tongued, proclaim

To many a wak’ning land

The one availing name.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Reformation month, beloved brothers and sisters. I’m so excited to see church history revisited by so many, and the names of those who gave their lives to put Gods Word in every mans hands are being remembered. Be blessed, dear ones, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved! 

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

7 thoughts on “Hymns From the Past – Flung to the Heedless Wind”

  1. Thanks for the message, sister! In our relatively safe and secure circumstances we should all remember that many of those who defended the Gospel of grace and opposed Rome in the early years of the Reformation presumed they would die for their faith and many did.

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    1. I agree, brother, it’s hard to place myself in their shoes. I even heard the other day (I may have already told this story, but my memory is terrible!) that eventually Rome began strangling them before burning them at the stake because they were proclaiming the Gospel until the flames overwhelmed them. That was such a powerful witness to the crowds that came to watch that many of them were being converted! So to stop them from preaching they were martyred before the fires were ever lit. What a mighty testimony that is!

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