If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me. ... If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely ...." ("Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague" in Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings, edited by Timothy F. Lull; Fortress, 1989, page 749).
Luther lived in a time of plague, war, burnings, and religious and social violence. This morning's headlines show that we, too, experience death, hatred, disease, murders and more wars — agony upon agony, most apparently without rational cause.
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