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I don't really know who reads these blog posts but for those that do God Bless you. I don't do most of my own writing, mostly because I am a terrible writer, but these are interesting times and so I wanted to make this post a little bit more personal. I am a Pastor Here at Peace Lutheran Church and as a Pastor not being able to meet with people puts me in a weird space. How do we have Church? How do I give communion? How do we love our Neighbour in these times of isolation?

I love History, it can be a great place to gain some perspective. Looking at who the past has dealt with similar problems can give us direction and hope. Everyone knows the Black plague happened, but we rarely consider in any real sense the toll it had on society at the time, except perhaps now as we sit isolated in our homes, some people with our jobs, others losing money on their investments they worked their whole lives for. We never really consider it because they came out of it and life has since then gone back to normal. There is hope, this will end, God is still good and may we cling to Him in suffering or Health, in Life of Death. Amen

My friend sent me this quote from Martin Lutheran as he lived through the Black Plague. May it give us direction and hope.

“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

"And [May] the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
- Philippians 4:7

Pastor Ryan Dittmann

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