Friday, October 31, 2008

Reformation Day

Happy Reformation Day!

Well, 489 years ago Martin Luther nailed 95 thesis to the door of Whittenburg Cathedral. This week we carved pumpkins. We do it just for the fun of it and unfortunately, Halloween is the only time of year that pumpkins are available to carve. So, we did different fun designs. I did mine for Reformation Day and if our camera didn't mirror the image it would say "M L 95": Martin Luther, 95 Thesis. I was deteremined to keep my Reformation Day theme. I had much teasing, much laughter, much abuse but hey, so did Luther.

I do hope you are having a wonderful Reformation Day: giving thanks to our heavenly Father who cares for His people and protects His church even in very difficult times. He is very faithful to us so may we be ever-faithful to Him who has done great things for us. Luther stood at the Diet of Worms and said, "Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God." We do not stand in court rooms of men, but we do live before the world as representatives of heaven's King..."so help us God!" Praise to the Lord who keeps His promises to His godly ones and will "present us before His presence with singing!"

A Mighty Fortress is our God
by Martin Luther
from Psalm 46

A MIGHTY fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper he, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great;
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing,—
Were not the right man on our side,
The man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he,
Lord Sabaoth his name,
From age to age the same,
And he must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us;
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,—
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,—
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers—
No thanks to them—abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

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