On October 31, 1517, just over 500 years ago the Protestant Reformation began –
On this Sunday churches celebrate ‘Reformation Sunday’
October 31 isn’t just Halloween, and is not just a coincidence!
The reformer, Martin Luther, a former monk of the Roman Church, posted his ninety five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany,
protesting the acts of indulgences, taught by the church that ” all must pay the full or partial remission of temporal punishment for sins after the sinner confesses and receives absolution.” That they must pay for loved ones to be released from purgatory. After Luther’s discovery of this ‘Gospel Message’ human beings do not earn their salvation by good works, but rather is given by God who freely offers salvation to all who believe.
“The Just Shall Live By Faith!’
“The reason He posted his theses on October 31 is because the next day was all Saint’s Day and he knew many well-educated people were going to come to the services” and hopefully receive his message.
This is dedicated to those who like Luther (and I) struggle with their salvation.
The summer heat had lulled this house to sleep but now with temperatures dropping and winter slowly approaching, its walls are complaining. Its just too cold and its bones are groaning!
The house won’t stop creaking at night Is it trying to say something I don’t want to hear? Houses say words too they hold what is true! They are faithful, wrapping their arms around us opening their windows to let in light touching us with rays of daylight . . .
Selected verses from my poem ‘The Voice’
Every year when the temperatures drop my house starts creaking, causing frightful sleep. But sometimes the difficult messages I don’t want to hear, are turned into ones of hope!
It was a secluded garden planted eastward in Eden. . A garden of perfection and beauty! And God was pleased . . . And rested on the Seventh day, inviting His children to rest To come apart from all earthly care and share this blessed day with others!
Monday’s Child is fair of face! Tuesday’s Child is full of grace!
WEDNESDAY’S Child is full of woe! **
But once the child began to grow Gazing in the mirror a different image she began to see Becoming a big girl She wiped her tears hopping on her bicycle her basket full of rainbows and wishing wells! (c)
** Nursery rhyme ‘Monday’s Child’
(c) Selected verses from my book ‘And The Child Grew Up’