Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
German monk, priest, and leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, was born on this day in 1483 (died 1536)
I’m pretty sure Luther didn’t write that quote in the fall. Or maybe he did. Maybe it was fall that made him think of it.
And maybe the reason that Christmas comes in early winter (yes, I know it’s not the accurate date of His birth) is to give us a promise that spring will come.
Just random thoughts on an autumn day. In fact a rainy autumn day. At least whilst this is being written. And there’s promise for more rain tomorrow…which you’ll know because it’s today when you’re reading this.
I love spring and the hope that it brings. True, I also love the early, not rainy, not leaf-fally, autumn.
I’m not a fan of winter. Give me one massive snow that closes work for a couple of days, but doesn’t take out the electricity and I’m in good shape.
But that’s not a requirement. I would not cry if there were no snow this season.
I’m not holding my breath.
Luther was, of course, saying that the hand of God can be seen everywhere in nature, and not just in the written Word.
I think that every time I visit the beach. Or walk in a park. Or drive in the mountains.
I don’t care how many bazillions of years scientists say it took. To think that this earth, and the beauty of it just poofed into existence…well, you go right on believing that if you wish.
But, no matter what your faith, that just sounds a little silly. Not to mention mathematically impossible.
I didn’t know I was going there. In fact many times when I start these posts I don’t really know where I’m going.
That may or may not be a model for success. Your sharing my posts or not will help me know the answer to that.
Some days, like yesterday, I just get inspired by what’s happening around me.
Some days, I hope and pray that something significant happened in history, or that someone significant was born on that particular day and that they said something noteworthy.
But noteworthy quotes are often difficult to find. Do you know how hard it is to search for Facebook post from the 1700s?
As a side note, unlike what folks said in the 1700s, if you post it, it will be there three hundred years from now.
And, just to mess with people with a bit of silliness. Think about this:
Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Church. Tradition says that door was painted red and churches today have red doors to signify that they are churches of the Reformation.
Reformation Day is October 31, and is often celebrated the Sunday prior. All Saints’ Day is November 1 and is often celebrated the Sunday after.
This year, Starbucks revealed their all red cups on the Tuesday after Reformation Day and All Saints’ Day.
What if it means that Starbucks is the coffee of the Reformation?
And now we sit back and watch the heads spin.