And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever. (1 John 2:17 NRSV)
There is a book on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer that is entitled THE SHAME AND THE SACRIFICE--an apt description of Bonhoeffer's life. He was a man who always loved preaching. On Jan. 21, 1934, Bonhoeffer preached to a German congregation in London: "Thousands of church members and pastors are today in our country in danger of oppression and persecution for their witness to the truth," he testified to that congregation. "They have not sought this way out of pride or stubbornness. They must choose it--because God is too strong in them..."

One of Bonhoeffer's students described him like this: "Never did I discover in him anything low, undisciplined or mean."

Edward Robertson ends his book with the words of the camp doctor who did not really comprehend what Bonhoeffer stood for. " ...I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer,...kneeling on the floor praying fervently to God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovab1e man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer...In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God."

Dear God, help me to be totally submissive to your will. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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