LUTHER THE TENDER PARENT
I was reading in Will Durant’s The Reformation and came across this description of Martin Luther: He was a good father, knowing as if by instinct the right mixture of discipline and love. “Punish if you must, but let the sugar-plum go with the rod.” 1. He composed songs for his children, and sang these songs with them while he played the lute. His letters to his children are among the jewels of German literature. His sturdy spirit, which could face an emperor in war, was almost broken by the death of his favorite daughter Magdalena at the age of fourteen. “God,” he said, “has given no bishop so great a gift in a thousand years as He has given me in her.” 2. He prayed night and day for her recovery. “I love her very much, but, dear God, if it is Thy holy will to take her, I would gladly leave her with Thee.” 3. And he said…
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