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Father, we come with heavy hearts for the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to secure the freedoms we enjoy here in America. In many ways, we live because of their deaths. We come with heavy hearts for the families of the fallen. What pain. What sadness. How we break for the great loss they feel. Be with them.
Father, as this day directly focuses us on the brokenness of this world, we thank you there is a remedy. We thank you for Jesus’ sacrifice who secures the heavenly freedoms, eternal life, for those who trust him alone for their salvation. We ultimately live because of his death. God, be active in our military community today. Save. Mend. Heal. And love.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Why did Dietrich Bonhoeffer spent a year in Barcelona in 1928? It was partly because he desired to take his theological training and make it practical for the people in the pew:
One reason Bonhoeffer wished to spend a year as a pastor in Barcelona was that he believed communicating what he knew theologically–whether to indifferent businessmen, teenagers, or younger children–was important as the theology itself. His success in children’s ministry shows this…
A quote of Dietrich Bonhoeffer made The Christian Quotation of the Day (May 25, 2011)
After all, we are told, our salvation has already been accomplished by the grace of God… It was unkind to speak to men like this, for such a cheap offer could only leave them bewildered and tempt them from the way to which they had been called by Christ. Having laid hold on cheap grace, they were barred forever from the knowledge of costly grace.
Deceived and weakened, men felt that they were strong now that they were in possession of this cheap grace—whereas they had in fact lost the power to live the life of discipleship and obedience. The word of cheap grace has been the ruin of more Christians than any commandment of works….
Bonhoeffer wrote in The Cost of Discipleship…
We forget that discipleship means estrangement from the world, and we forget the real joy and freedom which are the outcome of a devout rule of life (170)