“Why are we so vexed by thoughts, seeing that the future is not in our power for one moment? Let us, then, be satisfied with the present and commit ourselves to the hand of God, who alone knows and controls the past and the future.”
— Martin Luther
In Gene Veith, A Place to Stand: The Word of God in the Life of Luther, 158.
“Our Lord God resembles a typesetter, who sets his letters backwards. We definitely see and feel that He is setting His type, but the print we shall see in the beyond. Meanwhile we must have patience.” — Martin Luther In Gene Veith, A Place to Stand: The Word Of God in the Life of Luther, 156.
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