Footprints to Zanzibar

Nailed to the back of the door in this temporary apartment we’re staying in…

I like this quote I found very much, and I subscribe to it, but it’s very sober and sobering, like much of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

“For God is a God who bears.  The Son of God bore our flesh, he bore the cross, he bore our sins, thus making atonement for us.  In the same way, his followers are also called upon to bear, and that is precisely what it means to be a Christian.  Just as Christ maintained His communion with the Father by his endurance, so his followers are to maintain their communion with Christ by their endurance.  We can, of course, shake off the burden that is laid upon us but only find that we have a still heavier burden to carry – a yoke of our own choosing, the yoke of our self.  But Jesus invites all who travail and are heavy laden to throw off their own yoke and take his yoke upon them – and his yoke is easy and his burden is light.  The yoke and the burden of Christ are his cross.  To go one’s way under the sign of the cross is not misery and desperation but peace and refreshment of the soul, it is the highest joy.  Then we do not walk under our self-made laws and burdens but under the yoke of him who knows us and who walks under the yoke with us.  Under his yoke we are certain of his nearness and communion.  It is he whom the disciple finds as he lifts up his cross. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship.IMG_1550


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