Monday, April 04, 2011

Being Joyful in the Midst of Suffering

Next Saturday marks the 66th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s death. As we approach the anniversary of his death, there are many lessons we can be meditating on from his life and thought. He showed us how to be the church, what it meant to lay down one’s life for his friends, and how to fight against evil. Moreover, he taught us to count the cost of discipleship, rejecting the compromised religion he called “cheap grace.”

But there are two related lessons from Bonhoeffer’s life that have been particularly impressed upon me as we approach the anniversary of his death: first, having a constant attitude of gratefulness and, second, being joyful in the midst of suffering.

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