Close the chapter of the year 2006

The eventfully year 2006 is coming to an end. To close this chapter I’d like to post a quote of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian and participant in the German resistance movement against Nazism. He was arrested in March 1943, imprisoned and executed just before the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Even in his hard time in the concentration camp he kept his faith in God and his son Jesus. He’s been tortured because of his believes by the Nazis.

Take your time to read the following text written in 19th December 1944.

By gracious powers
(English Version)

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered,
and confidently waiting come what may,
we know that God is with us night and morning,
and never fails to greet us each new day.

Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented,
still evil days bring burdens hard to bear;
Oh, give our frightened souls the sure salvation
for which, O Lord, You taught us to prepare.

And when this cup You give is filled to brimming
with bitter suffering, hard to understand,
we take it thankfully and without trembling,
out of so good and so beloved a hand.

Yet when again in this same world You give us
the joy we had, the brightness of Your Sun,
we shall remember all the days we lived through,
and our whole life shall then be Yours alone.

Translation by F. Pratt Green

The original text in German you can read here.