The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Undeserved suffering

I will never find the answers. But Job is tonic ... and psalm after psalm

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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