Reformation Sunday is always a wonderful day in the Lutheran Church, as we celebrate Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses, and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. On this day, we honor our denomination’s proud legacy of action, education, and commitment to the Living Word of God.

Most of all, this is a day to remember the clarion call of the Reformation: We are saved by grace alone. It is a day to take comfort in the sure knowledge that no matter our missteps and our failures, we are loved and forgiven by the Lord, who offers us redemption so precious, it could only be purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. It is a gift we cannot earn, a gift we can only accept and strive to appreciate fully and to use to His Glory.

Therefore, this is also a day to remember that God’s grace makes every day one in which we can reform, we can change, and we can grow to be more like Him. Our Father offers us a new beginning in each sunrise and in every breath. God calls us to grow constantly. He challenges us to let sin, hurt, and doubt fall away, and to embrace Him fully with our hearts, souls, and minds. He gives us the true Light and helps us beat back the darkness, so we can find our way – and lead others – to the joy of being His children.

This Reformation Day marks the beginning of a year-long, worldwide celebration that will culminate on October 31, 2017, the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting. In the year to come, let us pay special attention to God’s reformation in our own lives. Let us seek out ways to share the miraculous gift of His grace with others. Let us be proud and stand firm as we celebrate the past and shape the future of our congregation and the church as a whole. Let us be as bold as Luther was, embracing the power of God’s Word and His love, and giving thanks for all He does through and for us.

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”
Martin Luther