Her husband died shortly after Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was born. In her Bible, where she recorded his birth, she wrote:
‘May the Father of mercies rule the heart of this child, so that he may walk honestly and uprightly. May sin never rule over him, and may his feet be steadfast in the Word, then he will be happy for time and eternity.’
He formed the Order of the Grain of Mustard Seed. Their purpose was fourfold: To witness to the power of Jesus Christ, to draw other Christians together in fellowship regardless of their ecclesiastical connections, to help those who were suffering for their faith, and to carry the gospel of Christ to those overseas who had not yet heard. He became the father of the modern Moravian Church.
Count Zinzendorf is best remembered for his beloved hymn, translated into English by John Wesley. Its two most memorable stanzas are mentioned below:
“Jesus, thy blood and righteousness; My beauty are, my glorious dress;
‘Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, with joy shall I lift up my head.
Oh, let the dead now hear thy voice! Now bid thy banished ones rejoice!
Their beauty this, their glorious dress, Jesus, the Lord our righteousness.
What incredible blessing and good came to God’s church and His world through the ministry of a praying mother!
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