The Lord’s pot
The Lord’s pot must be kept boiling, even if it takes the Devil’s kindling wood.
Endicott Peabody, famous as the founding headmaster of Groton School, spent six months in 1882 as minister in Tombstone, Arizona, arriving three months after the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. On his watch, St Paul’s Church – now the oldest Protestant church in Arizona – was built for $5,000, its stained glass imported from Belgium and its pews from New England. He was able to raise the necessary funds in so short a time by going door to door, including to the town’s saloons and gambling houses. In response to any eyebrows raised over the source of the funds, Peabody would reply, “The Lord’s pot must be kept boiling, even if it takes the Devil’s kindling wood.”
Source: Marshall Trimble, “Endicott Peabody: Religion Arrives in Helldorado,” in In Old Arizona: True Tales of the Wild Frontier! (Phoenix: Golden West Publishers, 1985).