Strange. Different. Odd. Weird.
I guess that I have become “one of those people.” Someone that makes strange requests in stores, or in this case, a bakery.
So tomorrow is “Reformation Sunday.” The root of the word “Protestant” is “protest.” Martin Luther wrote “95 Theses” which protest against clerical abuses, especially nepotism, simony, usury, pluralism, and the sale of indulgences. It is generally believed that on 31 October 1517, Luther posted the ninety-five theses, on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. In reading the scriptures, Luther could not find any support for the idea that one could attain salvation through payment or works of any kind, but that it was given solely through God’s Grace and faith in Jesus Christ. This idea (sola fide) is central to many protestant doctrines. He is quoted as having said this:
Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” Martin Luther, Luther’s Response to the Inquisition at the Diet of Worms
German religious reformer (1483 – 1546)
He also railed against the idea that the Church, which at that time was quite wealthy, was building this Basilica using the money of the poor, who were convinced that they needed to give their last dime in order to eliminate the need for acts of penance in this life and in the hereafter. You can read more about his ideas Here.
He is said to have nailed these “95 theses” to this church door in Wittenburg on Oct. 31, 1517. For Lutherans and many Reformed Protestant churches, it is the day that we remember the historic action of Martin Luther which is said to have sparked the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
Ok. So back to why I am a “strange” person. I belong to a protestant church who remembers this Sunday as “Reformation Day.” That’s not the strange part. Many people belong to such churches, many of which will have some sort of remembrance of this event during their services tomorrow. The strange thing about me is that I am in charge of bringing refreshments to church on Sunday mornings. I usually get mini-cinnamon rolls or something like that, just for people to have with their coffee. But I also like wordplay, and although this occasion is solemn, and not really light-hearted, I couldn’t get out of my head this idea that I should have a cake with…wait for it…95 Pieces!! The bakery guy didn’t get it. In the end, I ordered a plain cake and I will draw a grid with 95 numbers on it myself. So yeah, I guess that is a little strange. <sigh> I am certain that at least a few people at my church will appreciate the idea. I guess that makes them strange too? Maybe not. Maybe thinking of the idea is stranger than appreciating it. Eh, I guess being strange isn’t the worst thing, is it?
This post is part of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” — Click and read, click and join in! Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “strange/stranger/strangest.” Use one, use ’em all, or just let them inspire you. Have fun!