When I woke up this morning, I told John I planned to blog about Martin Luther and the Reformation today. In the past several years, I've found my home in Reformed Theology, though I always had seeds of it in me. I now understand that the tension I felt throughout my 30 years in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches came out of seeing discrepancies between what these churches taught and what I read in Scripture. Listening to John MacArthur's radio broadcasts, however, returned me to my Biblical roots, and I now consider myself a Calvinist. As such, I more deeply appreciate the Reformers, and regard October 31st as a day of joyous celebration!
But once I turned on my computer this morning, I started working on a digital drawing I'd begun back in August. My Personal Care Attendant's daughter had turned 14 a week earlier, and when I sorted through my drawings in order to make a birthday card for her, I discovered that the African-American girl I'd drawn in the style I use for greeting cards had completely vanished from my hard drive! I threw a card together using another drawing I'd done of a black friend of mine, but I decided I'd get something ready for the young lady's birthday next year.
Today, I put the finishing touches on the drawing, looking forward to sharing it in today's blog post. Oh...but what about Luther and Reformation Day? Needless to say, I felt conflicted until my wonderful husband counseled, "Well, you've gotta post the picture!" That emphatic tone in his voice gave me all the permission I needed.
Martin Luther learned, from reading Paul's letter to the Romans, that his justification before God didn't depend on his works of piety, but on Christ's single work on the Cross. Similarly, the Lord doesn't love me more when I blog about Him and less when I blog about my artwork, my Boston Adventures, or childhood memories. Somehow, it fits for me to free myself from spiritual expectations and just post from my heart. The Lord still receives all the glory, and Luther would like that fact.