Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Why is it so deadly and dreary with us and so lively with those others? Why does the fire that burns so brightly at the beginning become dull with us? Is that the Christian life? Has the life of Christ been portrayed before our eyes like that? O God, because we no longer know you, because we no longer seek you, because we no longer understand how awful it is to live without thinking about you, that you are the beginning and the end of our life and our judge in eternity! Because we no longer see the love of God in the life of Jesus Christ and let it rouse us to new life. Because we cling to ourselves and wish to stand by ourselves. Because we cannot believe that God alone can lead us aright and give eternal meaning to our life even when it is outwardly shattered. But that is because we have sinned against God’s incomparable honor and love and become guilty before him.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Harvest Festival Sermon; Berlin, October 4, 1931; Psalm 63; My Soul Finds Rest: Reflections on the Psalms by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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