Live as if Christ died yesterday,

rose this morning

and is coming back tomorrow. ~Martin Luther

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These stirring words were spoken by the famous Protestant reformer Martin Luther. This past weekend the Protestant church observed Reformation Sunday. I was privileged to hear a sermon from a Godly young chaplain that reminded us of the meaning of this important day. As a Protestant I am grateful for Martin Luther who on October 31, 1517 took a stand against things he saw in the Church that he could not reconcile with Scripture.  The Church has never been the same (PTL!) since he posted his famous 95 Thesis to the door of the Wittenburg Church not far from where I am writing these words today.

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Yesterday I stood on a piece of ground in Heidelberg that honored Martin Luther.  Heidelberg was one of the first trips (described as perilous) after Martin nailed his grievances to the church door. In April of 1518 Luther defended his statements at the Heidelberg Disputation declaring a new theology of man’s total dependence on grace alone.

Standing where Martin stood in Heidelberg

Here are just a few other profound words from Brother Martin Luther:

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace,

so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.

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Forgiveness is God’s command.

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Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth;

help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.

Martin Luther

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Thank you Martin Luther! People are still taking a stand for faith in God alone–may it ever be so!

©Brenda Pace, 2010

Here are a couple of pics I shot this week while enjoying a brief walk in a lovely German shopping district. The floral decor here is so creative and beautiful. I thought these planted urns really made a statement.

These mega large planters line a small shopping/walking street.

Check out this ball of roses. Oh, the flowers are amazing!

Spotted in the window of a florist in the shopping district.

I’m grateful for a little time to stop and literally smell the roses while visiting in Germany. So lovely!

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom
Which springs from the soul.
-   Henry Ward Beecher

I’m enjoying a few of my favorite German things to include:

Bienenstich Cake

Nothing like it…creamy, crunchy, delicious!

Schnitzel

Nothing like it…savory, crispy, wunderbar!

Spaetzle

Nothing like it…velvety, rich, tasty!

German Coffee

Nothing like it…full, aromatic, robust!

German Konditori

Nothing like it…quaint, relaxed, pleasant!

Kinder-eggs

Nothing like it…ingenious, creative, fun!

Ritter Sport Pfefferminz

Nothing like it…sweet, dark, scrumptious!

Euro pillows and comforters

Nothing like it…soft, comforting–Guten nacht!