Luther and Family Life

Read: Proverbs 31:10-31
Text – A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10

When Dr. Martin Luther left the monastery he advised monks and nuns to become married. He hesitated for a long time to take such a step himself.

In 1525, when he was in his 42nd year, he suddenly made up his mind to do what he had recommended to others. He was married to Katherine von Bora, a former nun. Theirs was a happy marriage. Luther often spoke of his wife as a “virtuous woman.” Luther had three sons and three daughters. One daughter died when she was but eight months old. Whenever he speaks of his wife and his children he is filled with gratitude to God.

God bless our country with good wives and God-fearing mothers. Their “price is far above rubies.” Who can count the blessings that have gone out into the world from Christian homes in which the wife, the heart of the family, is virtuous in her living?

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, bless our country with Christian wives and mothers who make home life pleasant and together with their husbands bring up children in the fear of the Lord. Amen.
How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.