"Your body is the first thing any child of man ever wanted. Therefore dispose yourself to be loved, to be wanted, to be available. Be there for them with a vengeance. Be a gracious, bending woman. Incline your ear, your heart, your hands to them.... To be a Mother is to be the sacrament - the effective symbol - of place. Mothers do not make homes, they are our home." from Bed and Board, Robert Farrar Capon

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

"The best thing in married life, for the sake of which everything ought to be suffered and done,
is the fact that God gives children and commands us to bring them up to serve Him.
To do this is the noblest and most precious work on earth, because nothing may be done
which pleases God more than saving souls.  If the need were to arise, all of us should be ready to die 
in order to bring a soul to God.  So you see how rich in good works the estate of marriage is.
God lays souls into the lap of married people, souls begotten from their own body, 
on which they may practice all Christian works.  For when they teach their children the Gospel, 
parents are certainly their apostles, bishops, and ministers."

Martin Luther, What Luther Says, #2836

A Toast to Mother

(This is also an encouraging read for the day: Celebrating Mother's Day, Luther-style.)


  1. Leah, Thank you for that link. I feel like I've just been given a goldmine. I love that picture, too.

  2. Thanks for such in informative post. I'll check out the link.

  3. Each time I read this I am so humbled and feel so privileged to be a wife and mother.

    (I also love the picture!)