Happy Halloween…and Even Better—Happy Reformation Day!

I was going to try to keep on task and write about Hindu cremations today,  but it’s snowing really hard and heavy—first snow of our winter—,
and that just changes everything, doesn’t it?  I can’t quite concentrate on 102° heat and the acrid scent of burning flesh   when I see swirling snowflakes out my window
and know there are jack-o-lanterns are sitting on our front porch.   Besides, we’re going to our kids’ (Dan and Brianna’s) annual Halloween Party tonight, and I can’t help but think about how much fun it’s going to be!  Last year we missed, because we were in South Africa touring Table Mountain and watching hippos duke it out on the Umfolozi River.  I thought about dressing like a hippo,
but I wasn’t sure how to bring along a river…Two years ago Sammy was dressed up like Super Man,  and now, it’s little Elanor who’s just learning how to sit! I’m not sure how the kids are going to be dressed tonight, but you can be sure Alan and I are superman-excited to see them!

However, there’s something way more wonderful that’s being celebrated today, and that’s the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day! Three of our kids and their families have converged in Germany and are in Wittenberg right now, joining in the wonderful celebration there. It may take a few days before I get any photos, but I just want to say how thankful I am for the work and insight of Martin Luther, who understood the supreme importance of translating the Bible into the common language so that we (all people) could read God’s words for themselves and understand His message about how to be reconciled to God and go to heaven! It’s not by being good (because none of us will ever be perfectly good), but by trusting in the One who is good and died in our place, Jesus Christ. Have you read the Bible? Do you believe in the One who will save us by His precious blood, “by faith alone”?

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10). (We are created by God for good works, but we are saved by faith in the good works of Jesus, so we never have to fear being rejected by God on the basis of our falling short of His perfect standard.)

P.S.—Just like snow changes everything, so does Jesus!
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7).

9 thoughts on “Happy Halloween…and Even Better—Happy Reformation Day!

  1. Beautiful pictures of your grand babies! Happy Reformation Day, sister. I can’t wait to see the pictures from your kiddos in Germany! May God bless you, be safe in the snow.

    1. Thank you so much! You are so sweet to care about seeing pictures of the kiddos in Germany!! The snow melted by afternoon, and it’s back to looking like fall. What’s it like at your home? God bless you too, Sister!!

      1. We travel for my husbands work, right now we’re in Bismarck, ND and it is so cold! I was born and raised in Texas so I’m certainly not use to this kind of weather. We have some snow in the forecast this week, how about you? I’ve never been sledding before, maybe this year my family and I can give it a try!

      2. I knew from your profile that you’ve been traveling. How much longer will you be on the road? Bismarck, ND! That would be cold! If you’re there very long, I’ll bet you’ll get to go sledding. I lived in South Dakota for 2 years. So different from the Midwest (and probably Texas too). We have the possibility of freezing rain/slush in our forecast, but I’m not very excited about losing all our beautiful autumn leaves. 😦

      3. I surely don’t blame you, sister, the autumn leaves have been so beautiful this year! And freezing rain/slush is just never as majestic as the snow. We love taking weekend trips down to Deadwood, SD. Did you enjoy living there? Hopefully we’ll be traveling for several more years, so long as the Lord tarries and the work keeps coming. We get to go to CO for our next assignment, so we’re looking forward to a white Christmas. I just have to tell you that the way you add pictures to your posts, especially ones that you took yourself, really makes my day! I love having fellowship with believers here on WP, but rarely do I get to feel like I’m genuinely getting to know our brothers and sisters life stories. Your posts have been a real blessing to me! Especially since we travel so far from our home church, and it gets difficult from time to time not to have that personal fellowship.

      4. What do you (or your husband) that has you traveling so much? I hope you enjoy it! Do you homeschool? What an education your daughter must be getting! We lived in Rapid City for two years. It was full of high adventure (for a little girl) with flooding and hills and caves. Christmas in CO sounds wonderful!

      5. My husbands a traveling Respiratory Therapist so we go wherever his company sends us. It’s really fun! We do homeschool, and traveling has really been a benefit for learning hands on. Especially when we go places like Houston, where we were able to visit the space station. She was sure she’d be an astronaut lol. Now that we’re heading to CO she’s learning about Nikola Tesla, since he built his tower there in Colorado Springs, and now she’s sure she’ll be an inventor.

      6. My husband worked S a respiratory tech before he went to medical school and really seemed to enjoy it. It sounds like your husband probably teaches people how to use their equipment? Or, does he do locum tenens for various hospital systems?

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