Thursday, December 13, 2007

Luther on Dogs

Over at Lindy's blog, she has posted this wonderful quote:

Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail. -- Martin Luther

I didn't know that Martin Luther said such a wonderful thing, and I don't know where it came from. But I checked around on the web, and found these:

"Before we leave the Black Cloister one humble inmate must not be forgotten, the little dog named Tölpel, or Clownie:—'One of Luther's children had a dog. The doctor said: "We see now the meaning of the text, 'Ye shall rule over the beasts of the field,' for the dog bears everything from the child."

Asked about the restoration of all things and whether there would be dogs and other animals in that kingdom, he said: "Certainly there will be, for Peter calls that day the time of the restitution of all things. Then, as is clearly said elsewhere, he will create a new heaven and a new earth. He will also create new Clownies with skin of gold and hair of pearls. There and then God will be all in all. No animal will eat any other. Snakes and toads and other beasts which are poisonous on account of original sin will then be not only innocuous but even pleasing and nice to play with. Why is it that we cannot believe that all things will happen as the Bible says, even in this article of the resurrection? Original sin is at fault.'"[from Preserved Smith, The Life and Letters of Martin Luther, (London: John Murray, 1911) p. 362.]

I found this quote here

Over at Lindy's blog, I said that I thought all theologians should have a dog.
I stand by that opinion.

After all, how can you look at this face, and not think of God?

P.S. Please pray for Scout, as she is having blood tests to try to determine what is causing her intestinal difficulties. She has been losing weight lately, too.


RevDrKate said...

Oh what a face! Absolutely full of love and joy...yes God all the way! Prayers for Scout going up! Loved the Luther quotes.

Rev SS said...

Love the face, definitely God all the way ... as are the faces of my cats. I too loved the Luther quotes. Praying for Scout.

DogBlogger said...

Yes, prayers going up for Scout! I do hope they find a way to solve her troubles!

Cub has a blood test today, too, which will determine whether the drug cocktail is having a positive effect on her liver... if it's not, we don't have many more options. Prayers appreciated.

Lindy said...

She IS beautiful. Thanks for your insights on the Luther quite. I like it even better now!

gartenfische said...

Hear, hear!

And prayers for Scout.

zorra said...

Oh, how right you are.

And I will pray for Scout.

Diane M. Roth said...

Dogblogger, prayers for you AND Cub

lauraj said...

and (((Luther!)))

June Butler said...

Diana and I are praying for Scout. Just a note to let you know that I can now access your blog once again. For today, anyway.

Paul said...

Holy Laika and Kazan, join our prayers for Scout and for Diane.

Grendel said...

Dear God,

Please make Scout well. I Love her.