His Father Worked Sixteen-Hour Days – but Samuel Black Never Knew a Better Love or Discipline Than His Dad.

Martin Luther is frequently misquoted as having said a milkmaid doing her duty well is more a worker of God than a monk in prayer at the monastery. The idea, and the truth, is that God isn’t the one who needs our good works – our neighbor is. It is the people all around us who need us to do simple, everyday, ordinary acts of love. For Samuel Black, there was no greater teacher of this value of good work and showing love to others than his father John, Sr. John worked sixteen-hour days to provide for his family – and communicated love and discipline with nothing more than a look. See their story in the clip below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.