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German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer loved the Bible. As he pursued his studies as a theologian, he deliberately read the Bible with pause and reflection. David Mcl. Gracie writes in the Introduction of Meditating on the Word by Dietrich Bonhoeffer that Bonhoeffer’s meditation probably led to his conversion:

“Regular, meditative reading of the Bible was practiced by Bonhoeffer from the time when the time when, as a young theologian, he became a Christian. ”Becoming a Christian’ seems, in fact, to have been the result of his discovering the Bible as the personal message of God’s love for us. When we read his biography, as well as key passages (Psalms 37, 119)…(and) it seems that the text from the Epistle of James is most appropriate to describe Bonhoeffer’s spirituality. He received with meekness the the implanted Word, which was able to save his soul” (10).

The meditation of God’s Word became a crucial part of Bonhoeffer’s spirituality. In the coming days, we will look further into his regular practice of scripture meditation.

Until then, let us all delight ourselves in the Lord (Psalm 37.4).

Bryan

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