“Sometimes faithful service is costly, and men fall out of favor. This was [Hermann] Sasse’s ‘lonely way’ (der einsam Weg)–the cost of confessing the faith in the face of opposition from within and without of the household of faith. Such loneliness is real, of course, but it does not mean ruin because our gracious Lord never leaves us. Instead, the lonely way brings a holy despair of self, persons, committees, programs, bureaucracies, seminaries, and synods, stripping away everything but Jesus Christ. Ron [Feuerhahn] speaks of this strengthening to those who would lose hope, bidding them, ‘trust yourself to the One who judges justly’ (see 1 Pt 2:23). Such an unshakable pastoral delivery of Gospel hope is perhaps his greatest gift to us: ne desperemus (Ap VII/VIII, 9)” (Scott A. Bruzek, “Faith’s Ancient Strength” in Lord Jesus Christ, Will You Not Stay?: Essays in Honor of Ronald Feuerhahn on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday (St. Louis: Concordia, 2002), 7).