Jesus, Priceless Treasure (LSB 743)
was written by Johann Franck after the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1677).
Consider Franck’s hymn in light of Peter’s first epistle;
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith more precious than gold that parishes though it is tested by fire may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. So you have not seen him, you love him. So you do not now, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:6-9)
Lord Jesus Christ, our support and defense in every need, continue to preserve Your Church in safety, govern her by Your goodness, and bless her with Your peace; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
- Paul F. Becker