vanitas.jpgVanity of vanities! All things are vanity!
All our striving and our toil are things we leave behind!
Each day and night we strive, we work
And still at the end will die:
If today you shall hear the voice of the Lord,
Then attend God’s gracious word!

Greed in all its forms brings death, and things cannot give life.
Fools are we to grow rich for self and not grow rich with God!
“Eat, drink, be merry,” calls the world,
And still at the end we die:
If today you shall hear the voice of the Lord,
Then attend God’s gracious word!

Raised up now with Christ from death, we set our hearts on high;
Hidden now with Christ is our life, to glory we shall rise!
Fix now our hearts on things above,
Yes, even though we die:
If today you shall hear the voice of the Lord,
Then attend God’s gracious word!