Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hospitality Turns Your House into a Home

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Katherine von Bora Luther

Was it easy to be the wife of Martin Luther, the reformer? Perhaps not. At times Katherine Luther may have wished herself back in the convent, as bleak as that was. However, through strange circumstances, she had cast her lot with Luther.
As a nun cloistered in an order that forbade her to speak to others, katherine heard of Luther's reform activities. Twelve nuns asked for his help to escape from the nunnery. He agreed to help them- and free them he did. He promptly married off all but one ex-nun, Katherine. At her suggestion, she and Luther married.
Luther, at age forty-one, was said to be set in his ways. Redheaded, feisty, twenty-six year old Katherine proved up to the task. She tended the gardens, managed the livestock, raised six children, cared for her often depressed spouse, and welcomed the many guests who came to confer with her famous husband. It can be said to her credit: Katherine made a home for her family.
Whether you're a single mom, a career woman, or married with children, you, too, can with effort, prayer, and a cheerful demeanor, take the wood and cement of a house and make it a home where your family and friends feel safe and loved.

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.
Luke 10:38 NLT
Daily Devotions for Women by Jewell Johnson

Thank you to Charlotte nad Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays.


Whidbey Woman said...

Wow. I am a Lutheran and have never read a single bit about Martin Luther's wife!!! So thank you for sharing this. It is always fun to visit your blog and read about amazing women of faith. There is so much to learn from their example. God bless you.

Liz said...

A perfect example of hospitality! I knew that he had married a former nun and had six kids, but I didn't know that he was so hard to live with. What a hard life it must have been for the women back then... We have so much to be grateful for!


sarah said... you've left me hanging....why did those nuns beg him to free them from the nunnery? and thinking about the order that forbide them to speak to others....sounds pretty cruel to me...Life can be so hard when there's few options...

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

What a wonderful post! I strive to be hospitable and want my guests to feel comfortable in my home. So happy to have found your beautiful blog through Spiritual Sundays. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted for you to follow me back!
Have a blessed Sunday!

Ruth said...

Thank you Lisa... this is very inspiring!


Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Lisa, you are my 100th follower! I could not find an email address for you. Please email me. I have a little something for you.
Thanks so much for following! I look forward to our blogging friendship.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Katherine was an amazing woman. I do feel that hospitality is a very special ministry. One I always want to work on more.

Virginia said...

Wonderful post!
Very inspiring story.
Thank you for sharing.
Sweet Blessings,

Charlotte said...

Thank you for sharing this information. I had never even wondered whether Martin Luther was married or not. Really never thought about it one way or the other. I'm glad he and Katherine got together.
Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving.

southerninspiration said...

Loved reading this!



I thank God that He blessed me with a wonderful wife who happens to have a double dose of hospitality. What I am lacking in she more than makes for the both of us :-)


Marydon said...

Great piece of history ... had not heard this before. TY for sharing.

Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Susy said...

Hi Lisa. I'm visiting via Spiritual Sundays. Enjoyed the background info on Katherine Luther. That was a big calling for a 26 yr old ~ but things were different then. I'm going to practice hospitality this Thanksgiving. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessings.

Joan said...

I had heard a bit about Katie Luther, but didn't know she was a former nun.

I enjoyed reading this post.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Donnie said...

That was such a good message. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Thank-you for this interesting story. I love making my house a home for family and quest.There are days when I need to pray for help even though it's something I love.
God Bless,

Sue said...

Thank you for sharing this story, very interesting, What a blessing to her husband she was. She really sounds like a strong woman, and she had many qualities that I see lacking so much today.

There is a big difference between a house and a home.And you have encouraged us to make ours a home.
Wishing you and your family a most blessed Thanksgiving.
, Sue

myletterstoemily said...

i love the "behind every good man is a
great woman" stories!

your spiritual sundays piece are always
so inspirational. thank you!

enjoy your celebration this week! i'm
making my grocery list right now. :)


Pain to Purpose said...

this was new to me too, thanks for posting! I really thought your comment on my blog the other day was full of wisdom. Thanks for stopping by!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Can I say that this was one of the best posts I have read this week.

Well done faithful servant!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

cindy said...

Beautifully put! And as one who has been attempting to do this very thing, timely too! Thanks for the inspiration.


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