To go one’s way under the sign of the cross is not misery and desperation, but peace and refreshment for the soul, it is the highest joy. Then we do not walk under our self-made laws and burdens, but under the yoke of him who knows us and who walks under the yoke with us. Under his yoke we are certain of his nearness and communion.
From: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
The goal of hallowing Sunday[/Sabbath] is the Sunday rest. God wants to lead God’s people to God’s own rest, to relax from the earthly workday…. Freed from imperfect human effort, the people of God are to gaze on the completed pure work of God and to participate in it. As a reflection and promise of this eternal rest with the Creator and Redeemer of the world, the Christian who keeps Sunday holy is permitted to experience Sunday rest.
From: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Conspiracy and Imprisonment, 1940-1945, p 644
It is no longer a worldly throne and kingdom as it once was but a spiritual throne and kingdom.
Where are Jesus’ throne and kingdom?
They are where he himself is present, reigns, and governs with his word and sacrament, in the church, in the congregation….
We are called into this kingdom. We can find it, within the church, in the community of the faithful, when we receive the word and sacrament of the Lord Jesus Christ and submit to his authority, when we recognize the child in the manger as our Savior and Redeemer and let him bestow on us a new life grounded in love.
From: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works, v 16, p 616, “Christmas Night Sermon, 25 December 1940”.
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The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.
From: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christmas Sermons
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A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes…and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent .
From: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Daily, quiet reflection on the word of God as it applies to me… becomes for one a point of crystallization for everything which gives interior and exterior order to my life.”
~~~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Meditating on the Word