“The first love is drunken. When the intoxication wears off, then comes real marriage love.”
Which kinds of love is Luther talking about? Eros and then agape? storge? philia?? Or is married love really a combination of all of these? We feel different sorts of love for each other at different times?
“Where does one find finer words of joy than in the psalms of praise and thanksgiving? There you look into the hearts of all saints, as into fair and pleasant gardens, yes as into heaven itself. There you see what fine and pleasant flowers of the heart spring up from all sorts of fair and happy thoughts toward God, because of His blessings.”
The Book of Psalms was the songbook of the Israelites. Many churches still chant or sing the Psalms today. A multitude of hymns and Christian songs are based on a particular psalm. Luther called this book “the Bible in miniature” and took particular comfort in reading the Psalms. His most famous hymn, A Mighty Fortress, is a paraphrase of Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble
Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though the waters roar and foam though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
What’s your favorite Psalm? Is it used in worship or a song that you love? I’m hoping our authors and readers will weigh in on this.
I liked this Martin Luther quote. We are all beggars before God, pleading for not only our daily bread, but the spiritual food that truly satisfies all our hungers.
I blogged recently about being a Pastor’s wife. The truth is I, and all of you, have many roles. We are mothers and wives, employees and daughters, friends and neighbors, church members and siblings. In each of these roles we have a responsibility to be God’s hands and feet in the world. On a Via de Cristo weekend, we call the team members who are serving others chas, which stands for Christ’s hands in Action. When you think of your whole life that way, it puts a different perspective on the smallest and most mundane actions.
Martin Luther, changed the whole understanding of vocation. In his time, those who had a “vocation” were the priests, nuns and monks. These people were the ones who were giving their lives to God. Luther said everyone could do this; those in religious orders were no different or better than the ordinary person who was striving to dedicate their daily life to God. Milking cows was as holy and important a role as leading the Mass.
This doesn’t mean we can go about our lives without any thought of God; instead it means that we should be thinking of God and trying to do His will ALL THE TIME. Imagine how the world would change if every one of us did this? It would put an end to a lot of cursing, gossip, insults and other kinds of careless talk. It would lead to productive employees, concerned parents, helpful neighbors and caring friends. I suspect that the harder I try to do this, the more contented and peaceful I’ll become.
The work I have in this world is the work God has given me. The roles I fulfill are the ones He chose for me. Each of them will teach me something and bring me closer to Him if I just remember who I am: a steward of the King.