more than thin air and thoughts

Eric Metaxas, in Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, on Bonhoeffer’s instruction to his students while a lecturer in theology ┬áin 1932-33:

“Bonhoeffer was not interested in intellectual abstraction. Theology must lead to the practical aspects of how to live as a Christian. Karding was surprised when Bonhoeffer asked his students whether they sang Christmas carols. Their answer was noncommittal, so he said, ‘If you want to be pastors, then you must sing Christmas carols!’ For him, music was not an optional part of Christian ministry, but de rigeur. He decided to tackle this deficiency head-on. ‘On the first day of Advent,’ he said to her, ‘we will meet each other at noon…and we will sing Christmas carols.’ She remembered that he ‘played the flute wonderfully’ and sang ‘magnificently.'”

Just one of the ways that Bonhoeffer’s faith had a wonderful practicality, an earthiness. He would later write to his fiancee that,

human beings were taken from the earth and don’t just consist of thin air and thoughts.”


He moved my soul to seek him

The hymn, “I Sought the Lord”. The author is unknown. It is recorded hauntingly by Bifrost Arts

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew

he moved my soul to seek him, seeking me.

It was not I that found, O Savior true;

no I was found of Thee.

Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold;

I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea

’twas not so much that I on thee took hold

as Thou dear Lord on me.

I find, I walk, I love, but oh, the whole of love

is but my answer , Lord, to thee!

For Thou wert long beforehand with my soul;

always Thou lovest me.