Living in This World

“I discovered later, and am still discovering right up to this moment, that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith.  By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures.  In doing so we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world.  That, I think, is faith.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I have to listen when this man talks about living life– leaning into the joys, the care of people I love,  the hardships, the days that seem impossible.  And seeing that all in the perspective of God, throwing ourselves into God’s capable, sustaining arms.  He’s right.  That is a life of faith.

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  —John 10:10

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945),  German pastor from a wealthy prominent family, he resisted the Nazi persecution of the Jews and stood firm in his faith.  During the war, he left the safety of London to do God’s work in Germany and was eventually arrested and executed 23 days before the German surrender.  His was a life of faith.


2 thoughts on “Living in This World

  1. thank you, Rhonda…….you have no idea how meaningful that is to me in my present circumstances……..and how timely as I am just listening to the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer with my 3 kids. Thank you for sharing those thoughts…….may your day be blessed as well.

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