Friday, October 31, 2014

Reformation Day

In honor of Reformation Day, I wish to present this quote:

"Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave."

The above quote was made by my favorite reformer, Martin Luther.  I believe this is quite true in our household.  Monday's are always a sad farewell to my beloved, of all days.  We have just spent the weekend around one another, typically not having to see him leave for work, but working and doing things side by side.  But then that Monday rolls around (it's so persistent!) and he leaves so early in the morning. But every evening it is a joyful reunion and I am ever so glad to have my man home again. And so Friday's build up anticipation for the weekend of time with my husband.

It's a little funny to write these words tonight because Samuel is camping with his brother; it is opening day of hunting season is tomorrow. Our weekend has been dashed. But when he returns it will be quite sweet.

Back to reformation day, for those who do not know on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the church door. It was this unassuming event that catapulted the world out of the darkness of the superstitions of the Roman Catholic church. God used Martin Luther to bring about reform in Germany, and it spread through out the world through the likes of men such as John Calvin, John Knox, Pierre Viret, William Farel, and many more. Praise God for raising up such godly men for His kingdom's cause and spreading the truth of the Gospel! Due to these men's labors we have a legacy of devotion to God's word, not man's word, and are blessed with the privilege to read the bible in our own common tongue. I love to learn more about the reformation and God's providence in this era of history. It brings me to shame to think of how much I lack and how often I take things for granted. If I only but possessed a fraction of any of these men's self-discipline I would be a much more productive and sanctified person. Alas, God is working within me even now. I see improvements in many areas, though it seems painfully slow. Wretched man that I am! Sin entangles so easily. But even so, I am so grateful for the work God has undergone in me and my life. I am not who I was, but becoming ever more like Christ. How humbling.

So, who needs halloween when we have such a rich heritage of Christian history to remember?