Chapter 31, “The Pastoral Care of the Sick” (pp. 199-202)
Walther reminds us of the importance of care for the sick. The congregation needs to call in the pastor when there is illness. The pastor also should inquire about illness and visit whether invited or not. In some cases people will try to hide illness so as to avoid hearing from God. The pastor should not feel guilty if he does not hear or go, but will want to take any good opportunity for ministry (p. 201). The pastor should avoid visiting people who belong to another congregation.