Yesterday after church a parishioner shared his Lenten discipline with me. “Powerful stuff,” he said. The discipline is a guided 40-day journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The book was published by Augsburg press in 2007 but you can also access the journey online.
Here’s Day 1 of the journey:
Those who follow Jesus’ commandment entirely, who let Jesus’ yoke rest on them without resistance, will find the burden they must bear to be light. In the gentle pressure of this yoke they will receive the strength to walk the right path without becoming weary.…Where will the call to discipleship lead those who follow it? What decisions and painful separations will it entail? We must take this question to him who alone knows the answer. Only Jesus Christ, who bids us follow him, knows where the path will lead. But we know that it will be a path full of mercy beyond measure. Discipleship is joy.
Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28–30
Questions to Ponder
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
Pray specifically for family, friends, and colleagues that they might clearly hear the call to discipleship (which is the call to love and justice), and that they might experience following Jesus’ commandment as joy in the concrete realities of their lives.
Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, only you know where my path will lead, but I trust that, even if I do not know either the way or the destination, you are with me and before me, and I follow you with joy.
Powerful stuff indeed: A reflection, brief scripture readings, journaling suggestions, intercessions and a prayer for the day. Perfect, I’d say. If you haven’t quite found the right tool or discipline for your Lent this year this could be just right… powerful as they are if you only managed to observe a discipline such as the one outlined above for only a few days the spiritual rewards would be great!
Here’s a link to today’s online post: https://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/40-Day-Journey-Dietrich-Bonhoeffer/?cm_mmc=ExactTarget-_–_–_-online+archive+of+Bonhoeffer+devotionals+at+BibleGateway.com
You can sign up to receive the discipline by email at the top of the page.
Here’s a link to the main page if you’d like to buy the book for your shelf. You’ll see that you can also journey with the likes of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Maya Angelou, Kathleen Norris, Martin Luther, and others!: http://http://biblegateway.christianbook.com/40-day-journey-with-dietrich-bonhoeffer/dietrich-bonhoeffer/9780806653686/pd/653686
Happy Monday and Holy Lent,