Just got this insightful quote from NWer Daphne Woodall.  It’s from Martin Luther when he was ministering to those facing the Black Death.  Love this line, “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.”

Trusting with you all,

Pastor Larry

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash no foolhardy and does not tempt God.” (Luther’s Works; Vol. 43, pg. 132)