Martin Luther on Creation

Note: Throughout the month of October, leading up to the 500th anniversary of the legendary date of the outbreak of the Reformation on October 31, 1517, Pray Tell will publish writings of Martin Luther reflecting his beliefs on liturgy and sacraments at various points in his life.

The power of God is present at all places, even in the tiniest tree leaf. Do you think God is sleeping on a pillow in heaven? . . . God is wholly present in all creation, in every corner, behind you and before you. God’s entire divine nature is wholly and entirely in all creatures, more deeply, more inwardly, more present than the creature is to itself. God is entirely and personally present in the wilderness, in the garden, in the field. …

God writes the Gospel, not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.

 [Luther’s Works, vol. 37, pp. 57, 60-61.  “God writes…” has been attributed to Luther but is not documented. Featured image: Lucas Cranach the Elder]

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