Feb 21, 2011

I Love Bonhoffer

nothing super long today, just apart of Bonhoffers Life Together. If you don't own this, buy it now.

this is an excerpt from chapter two that really just blew me away a few weeks ago and I was revisiting it today. I will write about it more extensively later, but for now here is text

If we were to learn again something of the praise and adoration that is due the triune God at break of day, God the Father and Creator, who has preserved our life through the dark night and wakened us to a new day, God the Son and Saviour, who conquered death and hell for us and dwells in our midst as Victor, God the Holy Spirit, who pours the bright gleam of God's Word into our hearts at the dawn of day, driving away all the darkness and sin and teaching us to pray aright--then we would also begin to sense something of the joy that comes when night is past and brethren who dwell together in unity come together early in the morning for common praise of their God, common hearing of the Word, and common prayer. Morning does not belong to the individual, it belongs to the Church of the triune God, to the Christian family, to the brotherhood......So the Bohemian Brethren sing at the break of day:
                      The day Does now dark night dispel;
                      Dear Christian, wake and rouse you well,
                          Give glory to God our Lord

                      Once More the daylight shines abroad,
                      O brethren let us praise the Lord,
                      Whose grace and mercy thus have kept
                      The nightly watch while we have slept.

                      We offer up ourselves to Thee,
                       That heart and word and deed may be
                       In all things guided by Thy mind,
                      And in thine eyes acceptance find.

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