Thursday, December 14, 2017

"I cannot do this alone"

Dietrich Bonhoeffer from a concentration camp:

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray,
    and to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely,
    but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart,
    but with you there is help;
I am restless,
    but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness,
    but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
    but you know the way for me...
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me so to live now
    that I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.
DIETRICH BONHOEFFEP, 1906-1945, was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian. Involved in the Confessing Church and anti-Nazi activities in wartime Germany, he was arrested in 1943. For two years be was held in a variety of prisons and concentration ramps. On 9 April 1945 be was hanged in Flossenburg concentration camp by the personal order of Heinrich Himmler.
Prayers of the Martyrs, Eerdmans, 1991.