Here is a good post on the Providence Blog about the joy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We talked about having joy in spite of bad circumstances from Phil. 1:12-18 Sunday.

“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship page 7 , Macmillan Publishing, NY 1937
Those words were written by a German pastor who lost his life in a Nazi concentration camp less than a week before the allies arrived to free the prisoners.
He believed what he wrote. He had joy in spite of bad circumstances.

This is a picture of him from 1944 taken inside the Nazi concentration camp.

Here’s a hymn he wrote while facing unimaginable circumstances as a prisoner in a Nazi death camp. – This puts the things I whine about in a little different perspective.
By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered,
And confidently waiting come what may,
we know that God is with us night and morning,
and never fails to greet us each new day.
Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented,
Still evil days bring burdens hard to bear;
Oh, give our frightened souls the sure salvation
for which, O Lord, You taught us to prepare.
And when this cup You give is filled to brimming
With bitter suffering, hard to understand,
we take it thankfully and without trembling,
out of so good and so beloved a hand.
Yet when again in this same world You give us
The joy we had, the brightness of Your Sun,
we shall remember all the days we lived through,
and our whole life shall then be Yours alone.

Remember, In order to have joy in the midst of bad circumstances, your joy must come from something bigger than your circumstances.

You can learn more about Dietrich Bonhoeffer by reading this article.

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