Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor in Germany who was executed by the Nazi regime. The prayer below was written for Christmas 1943 for his fellow prisoners:
Early in the morning I cry unto you.
Help me to pray and to think only of you.
I cannot pray alone.
In me there is darkness but with you there is light.
I am lonely but you leave me not.
I am feeble in heart but you leave me not.
I am restless but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience.
Your ways are past understanding,
but you know the way for me.
O heavenly Father,
I praise and thank you for the peace of the night.
I praise and thank you for this new day.
I praise and thank you for all your goodness and faithfulness throughout my life.
You have granted me many blessings:
Now let me accept tribulations from your hand.
You will not lay on me more than I can bear.
You make all things work together for good
For your children.
(The Doubleday Prayer Collection, p.287)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
A Martyr's Prayer
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