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Life Together

The theme of this year’s Lenten journey is “Life Together.”  We’re working from themes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book by the same name.  In addition to the Lenten readings from Luke and those reflections, I’m going to post quotes from the book that I hope are beneficial to anyone reading the blog.

The first is from the first chapter on “Community”.

“The prisoner, the sick person, the Christian living in the diaspora recognizes in the nearness of a fellow Christian a physical sign of the gracious presence of the triune God. In their loneliness, both the visitor and the one visited recognize in each other the Christ who is present in the body. They receive and meet each other as one meets the Lord, in reverence, humility, and joy. They receive each other’s blessings as the blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ. But if there is so much happiness and joy even in a single encounter of one Christian with another, what inexhaustible riches must invariably open up for those who by God’s will are privileged to live in daily community life with other Christians! Of course, what is an inexpressible blessing from God for the lonely individual is easily disregarded and trampled under foot by those who receive the gift every day.”

Bonhoeffer, Works, Vol 5, 29–30.

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  1. Sue Meyer
    February 10, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Wow, how cool is that!? That our new name (for assimilation) is Life Together – the same as the theme for Lent and of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book! I see that it has a profound richness behind it. I recognize that connection that Bonhoeffer is talking about.
    It is sort of like the tiny baby John the Baptist leaping in the womb. There is a joy and a comfort, a feeling of safety and freedom.

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