The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Have peace, take courage

A mother's faith sustained her

Q: My mother wrote this in a letter to my brother during World War II: "Dear Son, we are not afraid and do not worry about you because we know you are wrapped in the Lord's arms and safe from danger ...." My fighter-pilot brother died slowly in a Japanese prison. If my mother had come to you, what would you have told her? How does one keep the faith in time of terrible tragedy? Somehow mother's faith sustained her, but I'm bitter about my brother's death and the war.

Q: After Sept. 11, our pastor cautioned us about strong negative feelings toward Islam. Was Adolf Hitler Lutheran? Was the Lutheran church the "official" religion of Nazi Germany?

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