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Quotes from Martin Luther on Creation

"It is God who creates effects and preserves all things through God’s almighty power."

"If God is to create or to preserve a creature, God must be present and must make and preserve God’s creation both in its innermost and outermost aspects."

"God’s entire divine nature is wholly and entirely in all creatures, more deeply, more inwardly, more present than the creature is to itself."

"God is entirely and personally present in the wilderness, in the garden, in the field."

"The power of God is present at all places, even in the tiniest tree leaf."

"God is in all creatures, even in the smallest flowers."

"Adam was created, as it were, intoxicated with rejoicing toward God and was delighted also with all the other creatures."

"Animals are footprints of God."

"In a mouse we admire God’s creation and craft work. The same may be said about flies."

"Adam and Eve derived the fullness of joy and bliss from their contemplation of all the animal creatures."

"If the heart has been reformed by the spirit, it makes use of both the useful and delightful things created and given by God in a holy manner and with thanksgiving."

"In a delightful garden, sowing, planting or digging are not hardship but are done with a zeal and a certain pleasure."

"God wants to be praised for nourishing and cherishing, for God cherishes all creatures. God is not only the creator, but is also the sustainer and nourisher."

"God is wholly present in all creation, in every corner, behind you and before you. Do you think God is sleeping on a pillow in heaven? God is watching over you and protecting you."

When asked what he would do if the world would end tomorrow, "I would plant a tree today."