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The Union of Martin and Katie

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You may have noticed from the quotes I’ve posted that Martin Luther had quite a bit to say about marriage.  Of course, as a monk, he would not have expected to marry, and even after breaking with the Catholic church, he didn’t imagine becoming a husband for one simple reason –he thought he would probably be killed at some point for his faith and his beliefs and therefore wasn’t good husband material!

Enter Katherine Von Bora.  After the death of her mother when she was five, Katherine was sent off to a convent to be educated and to become a nun.  In her 20’s she was convicted by Luther’s teaching that it was wrong for young women to be pressured to take a vow of celibacy not based on personal conviction.  She and some other nuns escaped with Luther’s help and were married or returned to their families.  Katherine’s family did not want her back and so she lived with some friends of Luther and she and Martin became friends.  He tried to arrange a marriage for her with one of his colleagues, but she wasn’t interested.

When Luther did begin to consider marriage,  and proposed to Katherine, he said his motives were to please his father, spite the devil and cross the Pope.  Not very romantic!  However, the Luthers came to love one another deeply;  Martin cherished Kathrine who he called, “Katie, my rib.”  She ran the household well (something Martin had little interest in) and they were known for their hospitality toward family, friends and students.  They were married for over twenty years and parents of six children.

The success of their union sprang from faithfulness to God.  They regarded marriage as a school for sanctification, and were not adverse to correcting one another.  There is every indication that they enjoyed marriage as God’s gift and lived it to His glory.  Here’s how one Luther scholar put it:

“Luther’s faith was simple enough to trust that after a conscientious day’s labor, a Christian father could come home and eat his sausage, drink his beer, play his flute, sing with his children, and make love to his wife —all to the glory of God.!”

Dear readers, tell us about other godly marriage that have been an example to you.

Defining Moments

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How to live.: In every life, there are defining moments.  An event, a choice, a meeting that changes everything that comes after. A time when you set off in a different direction. What are some of those moments in your life?  Maybe getting married, becoming a parent, graduating from college, choosing to embark on a certain career?

For every Christian the most important defining moment of life, is the day they met Jesus.  For many of us that happens in our baptism as a very young child. We grow up and continue in the faith that was imparted at an early age. For others, there is an event that awakens faith in a flash;  or a person who tells the good news.  However it happens we need to live as Luther described in the quote above:  as if the events of the Passion and the Resurrection and the Second Coming were not just words in the Bible that we accept intellectually, but events that we actually believe, experience, and allow to affect our lives.

How would you feel if Jesus had just died yesterday for you?  How would you spend your time if you saw the resurrection with your own eyes?  How would you behave if you believed that the Second coming might happen tomorrow?  In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, the Bible tells us to be ready.  Don’t procrastinate.  Spend your time and your life today as Jesus “redefined” it.  Make that one defining moment the centerpiece of your life.

What’s Your Vocation?

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Vocation is one of those words Lutherans like to use.  Luther taught that each of us has a vocation, or calling, it’s not something reserved for priests, monks and nuns. It can be lived out in the midst of ordinary life. True vocation is that passion I spoke about in my last post.  In Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Filled Life when he asked the question, “What on earth am I here for?”  Each of us has to answer that question, hopefully in a prayerful way, in order to discover our vocation.

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