Wednesday, May 4, 2011


April passed along with the 66th Anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) He wrote this in prison before his execution~

Come now, solemnest feast on the road to eternal freedom
Death, and destroy those fetters that bow, those walls that imprison
This our transient life, these souls that linger in darkness,
So that at last we see what is here withheld from our vision.
Long did we seek you, freedom, in discipline, action and suffering
Now that we die, in the face of God himself we behold you

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author, known as much for such spiritual classics as The Cost of Discipleship (poem above came from a book I read long ago) and Life Together, as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for his part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

In the first major biography of Bonhoeffer in forty years, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—(BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy) the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil- (I'd like to read this)


Joyful said...

I've not heard of this man. He sounds fascinating and one who was willing to be a martyr for Christ. Would that more of us would be like that. Bless you my friend. xx

Kilauea Poetry said...

I saw a video recently by E. Metaxas about his book.. really funny -or he happened to be (Eric at Socrates in the City) yet enlightening..should be good. Hey thanks-

Sandra said...

i am with joyful, have not heard of him. the world needs more like him now

Regina said...

Such a great man willing to sacrifice himself so that others may live.
Wonderful post my friend.

Amazing Gracie said...

I'm very sorry that more people aren't familiar with Pastor Bonhoeffer. He's truly a treasure and following of God. The courage that God provided for him is just another of his mercies. Thanks for posting this~

Kilauea Poetry said...

Thank you Sandra and Regina for this read!
Gracie..thank you for your words as well- I certainly agree. Funny, I fished that book out..just going through it a little.
I'm leaving a couple pretty incredible links I only just discovered for those who are interested- both are very engaging and informative..lots of different people are featured. Hey, thanks for stopping by-

Let's be perfectly clear- the war on free speech is spiritual!