"My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.
Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple, worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.
The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eyes for these,
And vexes me for reason why.
Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise."
Nov. 2nd, 2012
63. But this treasure is naturally most odious, for it makes the first to be last.
64. On the other hand, the treasure of indulgences is naturally most acceptable, for it makes the last to be first.
65. Therefore the treasures of the Gospel are nets with which they were formerly wont to fish for men of riches.
66. The treasures of the indulgences are nets with which they now fish for the riches of men."
-excerpt 95 Theses,1517, Martin Luther
"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."
-"A Mighty Fortress," Martin Luther
439 years of gratitude to our Lord for the life of brave and honest men willing to stand for what they believed, the consequence of which was the renewal of religious liberty for many... may it one day be for all. And even greater thanks be to our Savior for the preservation of "That word above all earthly powers!"
His kingdom is forever.
"Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."
-1 Peter 2:7-9