Happy Birthday, Dr. Luther
Today is the birthday of Martin Luther, born on November 10, 1483. The photo above is a view out of a second floor window, across from the small room that scholars now believe is where Luther was born. I took the first photo in his birthhouse in Eisleben, German, ironically, the same town in which he died in 1546.The family, living in this home, though not owning it, would have had to stay in the colder rooms, in the top of the house, rather than in the lower level closer to a warming fireplace. Hans Luther took his son from this house, early on the morning of November 11, and bundled him off to be baptized in St. Peter and Paul Church, which you can see from the window, it was just down the street from where the Luther’s lived. At his baptism, he was given the name of the saint’s day on which his baptism day fell: Martin of Tours, a fitting name for one who would be a great soldier of Christ, used by God to reform the Church, a messenger proclaiming the ever-living Gospel (Rev. 14:6). This next photo is of the exterior of the house, the rear of the home.