Ryan’s Miracle Watch 3/24/20

Posted on FB today by my dear friend Neva…

In 1527, the great reformer, Martin Luther was faced with a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague in his small town of Wittenberg, Germany. A fellow pastor asked for his advice on how to handle the situation. Luther’s words were powerful then and they are relevant today.

“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 nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

Luther’s Works volume 43 pg. 132 the letter “Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague” written to Rev. Dr. John Hess

Thank you for sharing Neva…

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