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Tend the flowers & pray

Martin Luther's best medicine for despondent days

Even those of great faith and strong character struggle with dejection from time to time. Martin Luther had bouts with despondency all his life, especially as he struggled to reform the church. But he also developed a few remedies, which he shared in letters of spiritual counsel to those who sought his guidance.

While those suffering from ongoing depression should seek medical assistance, some might find help from a few doses of Luther.


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