20:28 Elisabeth’s Extravagant Love

Elisabeth of Hungary

Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by lovingkindness he upholds his throne. Proverbs 20:28

Elisabeth of Hungary was just fourteen when she wed Ludwig, but was wise beyond her years. While he was away fulfilling duties with Emperor Frederick II, famine overtook their land. Over the objections of her greedy inlaws, Elisabeth opened Ludwig’s treasuries and set up soup lines and a hospital to provide for the starving populace.

On Ludwig’s return, his family assaulted him with angry charges of Elisabeth’s “extravagance,” but he endorsed all that she had done. Both died young, but the people of Thuringia cherished their memory and considered them saints. They retained a kingdom in the hearts of people.

Christ is a ruler of lovingkindness who purchased his subjects from slavery with his own blood. In all our trials he shares our suffering. He is our bread. He is our healer. He, too, is a ruler of hearts.

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