A Mighty Fortress is Our God Wartburg Castle Painting (POSTCARD)
A mighty Fortress is our God,
A Bulwark never failing...
These unmistakeable words paraphrased from Psalm 46 and penned into the well-loved hymn by Martin Luther are some of the most appreciated of all time.
What powerful imagery of the God we serve: a giant castle and a wall of defense around us. We can face the devil and all his foes with the assurance of our Protector's guiding hands around us.
When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Church in Wittenberg, Germany, I doubt he had an inkling of the magnitude of the fire of Reformation he would ignite.
He and other Reformers would continue to stoke the flames with the returned theology of "Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone as revealed by the Scriptures Alone" across Europe in the 1500's, all the way around the earth to our modern times.
And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
As Luther was hunted and hidden across Germany, he found himself living incognito as "Squire George" in Wartburg Castle for a year during 1521-1522. Under the protection of a German prince, Luther spent his time translating the Bible into German, and penned the beautiful rendition of the hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His Kingdom is forever.
NOW FOR A LIMITED TIME: Enjoy the original artistic rendering of this beautiful castle and participate in the celebration of the part it played in giving us this beautiful hymn! Available in several canvas and Giclee print sizes to suit your display needs.
Proceeds will benefit the ministry and mission of Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church, Hiram, Georgia.
Perfect as a conversation starter, house-warming gift, or church decoration!
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Gail Pruett was born in Dayton, Ohio, but has lived here in Georgia since 1991. Gail and her husband Al were married on May 27, 1983. Gail says that she has been drawing her whole life. When she was a little girl she would search the house for an old magazine and attempt to draw faces of people, never the same face, always someone different. Gail has been painting for the past 20 years, her favorite medium being oils. Her favorite subjects are still life and portraits, though she has never attempted a self-portrait. Gail says that when she paints, “I tune everything out and lose myself in my own little world”. When asked about her favorite artist she said, “Oh, I simply adore Rembrandt!” Her favorite Rembrandt painting is “Girl at a Window”. Her other favorite painters are David Gray and Mark Carter.
Pastor Paul Horn commissioned Gail to paint the Wartburg Castle in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, October 31st, 2017. When asked what she felt about the painting (which took her three weeks to complete) she said,
“The Reformation means so much to me, especially as a Lutheran. Martin Luther’s dedication to what he believed… he would not stand down and knew exactly what God wanted of him. I tried to portray a sense of power in the colors of the building and the angle at which you view the castle.”
"Though any person may observe challenges and responses, deformation and reformation, in the church, only the person of faith will see the hand of God in the whole process. For God is always watching over his church and his truth." Excerpt from Martin Luther and the Long Reformation by James Kiecker
Martin Luther's hymn's enduring popularity in Western Christendom has breached boundaries set in the Reformation as it is now a suggested hymn for Catholic Masses. It currently appears in the second edition of the Catholic Book of Worship, published by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, though its adoption is not without controversy.
THIS SPECIFIC LISTING IS FOR A STANDARD POSTCARD STYLE, 80lb STOCK WITH GLOSSY UV COATING ON ONE SIDE. The poster will not come inside of a picture frame (traditional framing).