Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom: Musical Martin?

In searching for quotes for today’s post, I came across these from Martin Luther, the man who started the Reformation. (October 31, 1517).

The quotes surprised me as I did not see him as having an appreciation of music.

Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.

Martin Luther

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.

Martin Luther

Since my body is weary and my soul is slightly agitated, it is time to put on something that will soothe the savage beast within me.

Have a joy-filled musical day.

God always, always shows up.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.


Sunday Hymnal: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 110
Text: Martin Luther Trans. by Frederick H. Hedge
Music: Martin Luther Harmony from The New Hymnal for American Youth
Tune: EIN’ FESTE BURG, Meter:

1. A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours,
thru him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever.

Lyrics courtesy of Hymnsite.com

Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom: Music

The movie “August Rush” serves as inspiration for today’s “Weekend Wisdom” about music.  Thank you to my friend Jeff Nischwitz for mentioning this movie in a LinkedIn update.

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.

Martin Luther 

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven 

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Berthold Auerbach