Good Evening Friends,
And yet another new thing in a series of them this week. I’ve been wanting to get started with a way to share thoughts and resources with all of you out there who may be interested but just never took the time to begin. Well today it begins. In the midst of a time of challenge and distance, as the Pastor here at Holy Cross I’m willing to do everything in my power to minimize the depth and breadth of the impact of this COVID-19 Pandemic. Hopefully some of what we will be able to accomplish through the use of some technology is to reduce the distance, to provide support through the challenges.
As something to share as we kick off this new way to communicate I offer some words of Martin Luther when found himself faced with The Black Death. I find his words amazingly appropriate for such a time as this…
“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 Volume 43 pg 132 the letter “Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague” written to Rev. Dr. John Hess
Keep checking in from time to time to see the next installment of the web version of Thoughts in Print. I will use this space to share encouragement, important messages and information, and just generally to keep in touch. Please also take advantage of our Facebook page during this time as I am posting morning inspiration everyday at 9:00AM as well as live Sunday Worship at 10:00AM.
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 33:20