The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A September song

Here, indeed, is the joy that emerges from suffering

By the wedding ring of faith [Christ] shares in the sins, death, and pains of hell which are his bride's" ("The Freedom of a Christian" in Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings, edited by Timothy F. Lull, Fortress Press, 1989; page 604).

As my death approaches, I understand finally the difficulties of my parents' lives. My father was psychologically maimed by the trauma of World War I, where the life expectancy in battle of an infantry 2nd lieutenant was 20 minutes. My mother struggled to keep the family's head above water as we nearly drowned in the Depression. Reluctantly and without much love, they stayed together for the "good of the children." I look back now in pity at the unhappy pair — alas, too late!

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