Who Owes Me Three Dollars?

February 8, 2008

Again I Quote #5

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“When his wife wept loudly he comforted her, ‘Think where she is going. She’ll get along all right. Flesh is flesh, spirit is spirit. Children don’t argue. They believe what they’re told. All things are simple for children. They die without anxiety, complaint or fear of death, and they have little physical pain, as if they were falling asleep’.

“When the illness of his daughter became graver he said, ‘I love her very much. But if it is your will to take her, dear God, I shall be glad to know that she is with you.’ Afterward,he said to his daughter, who was lying in bed, ‘Dear Magdalene, my little daughter, you would be glad to stay here with me, your father. Are you also glad to go to your Father, in heaven?’ The sick girl replied, ‘Yes, dear father, as God wills.’ The father said, ‘You dear little girl. [Then he turned away from her and said] ‘The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I love her very much. But if this flesh is so strong, what must the spirit be?’ Among other things, he then said, ‘In the last thousand years God has given to no bishop such great gifts as he has given to me (for one should boast of God’s gifts). I’m angry with myself that I am unable to rejoice from my heart and be thankful to God, though at times I do sing a little song and thank God. Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s (in the genitive singular and not the nominative plural).

“When his daughter was in the agony of death, he fell on his knees before the bed, and weeping bitterly, prayed that God might will to save her. Thus she gave up the ghost in the arms of her father. Her mother was in the same room, but farther from the bed on account of her grief. It was after the ninth hour on the Wednesday after the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity in the year 1542.

“Often he repeated the words given above, ‘I’d like to keep my daughter because I love her very much, if only our Lord God would let me, however, His will be done. Truly nothing better can happen to her, nothing better.’ While she was still living he often said to her, ‘Dear daughter you have another Father in heaven. You are going to go to him.’ His friend [PM] said to him, ‘The feelings of parents are a likeness of divinty impressed upon the human character. If the love of God for the human race is as great as the love of parents for their children, then it is truly great and ardent.’

“When his dead daughter had been placed in the coffin, he said, ‘You dear little Lena, how well it has worked out for you.’ He looked at her and said, ‘Ah, dear child, to think that you must be raised up and will shine like the stars, yes, like the sun.’

“The coffin would not hold her, and he said, ‘The little bed is too small for her.’ He said, ‘I am joyful in spirit but I am sad according to the flesh. The flesh doesn’t take kindly to this. The separation caused by death troubles me above measure. It is strange to know that she is surely at peace and that she is surely at peace and is well off there, very well off, and yet to grieve so much.’

“When people came to escort the funeral and friends spoke to him according to custom and expressed to him their sympathy, he said, ‘You should be pleased. I have sent a saint to heaven – yes a living saint. Would that our death might be like this. Such a death I would take this very hour.’ The people said, ‘Yes this is quite true. Yet everybody would like to hold on to what is his.’ He replied, ‘Flesh is flesh and blood is blood. I am happy that she is safely out of it. There is no sorrow except that of the flesh.’ Again, turning to others, he said, ‘Do not be sorrowful. I have sent a saint to heaven. In fact, I have sent two of them.’

“When she was buried, he said, ‘There is a resurrection of the flesh.’

“When he returned home from the funeral, he said, ‘My daughter is now fitted out in body and soul. We Christians now have nothing to complain about. We know that it should and must be so, for we are altogether certain about eternal life.’ Thereupon, he consoled himself by saying, ‘I am very glad to give my daughter to our Lord God. According to the flesh I would gladly have had her, but since he has taken her away, I am thankful to him.’

Martin Luther in Table Talk

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