In Times of Trouble

Not everyone likes to dig into dystopian literature. That’s fine. Even so, there’s something therapeutic about reading literature written during times of trouble. Or would you disagree?

It came to my attention that our Lutheran anthem, “A Mighty Fortress,” was written around the time, or shortly after, the Luthers turned their home into a hospital while the plague struck Wittenberg. What wonderful comfort it gives! Not only in times of triumph, but also in the midst of wrestling troubles.

It made me think that both luxury and suffering play roles in the Fine Arts and literary expressions. Not only in secular realms, but also in the Church.

I’ve been trying to think of a book title. It was written by a Lutheran during the Thirty Year War, but I just haven’t remembered it yet. I don’t mean to sound morbid, but maybe there are comforts best remembered by those in the throes of history.

How does the Church handle times of trouble? And where can we look for such written resources? I’d love to hear about research or a list of titles: hymns, poetry, diaries, books, etc.  I’d love to hear what has been written in times of trouble and preserved for our own times of trouble to come.

What do you read when our moments in history are getting to you? What reading helps your perspective? Or what offers catharsis? I know it’s probably different for different people. Still, maybe these are conversations that can also remind us that there are cathartic experiences. There are wholesome balms within grasp. No matter what our troubles may be.

Anyway. If things stay calm-ish, this week should have a few reviews and a release announcement or two. If things aren’t calm, maybe I’ll find public domain hymns and share meaningful, comforting stanzas. In the meantime, I’ll try to go about as usual. After all, my email inbox has oddly filled up with letters from restaurants and all sorts of other businesses with corona updates. Um, not exactly the coupons I’m looking for, if you know what I mean. 🙂 But I’m thankful people are trying to be careful and aware, right? 

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