Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"My Katy von Bora"

Today the Church commemorates Katharina von Bora Luther, Luther's wife, as well as house mistress, gardener, and brewmistress too. Perhaps no greater indirect compliment could be paid to a wife than Luther paid to Katy in his words:
The Epistle to the Galatians is my dear epistle. I have put my confidence in it. It is my Katy von Bora.
For photos of Katie's grave, see President Matt Harrison's recent photographs here.

Martin Luther, Luther's Works, Vol. 54 : Table Talk, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald and Helmut T. Lehmann, Luther's Works (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999, c1967). 54:III-20.

photo credit: pittigliani2005


Anonymous said...

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil....Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done vitruously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
Proverbs 31:10,11..28-31. KJV.

Thanks, Scott. This passage also describes my wife, Alice: my wealth is far above rubies...

Joe Strieter

jim claybourn said...

My late father was a big football fan, and he liked to constantly remind me that, in my marriage, I had "outkicked my coverage".

I have definitely overachieved and I thank God daily for putting her in my life. She is a constant reminder of God's mercy and grace to me, a poor miserable, undeserving sinner. A picture of heaven.

Scott Diekmann said...

"Outkicked my coverage" - that's a great line. I think I've done the same Jim.