A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

A Maundy Thursday Meditation from Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I believe. Help my unbelief! (Mark 9:24)

"Your faith shall be tried by sorrow. God sends his children sorrow just when they need it most, when they have become far too confident on this earth. Then a great hurt comes into our lives, a hard sacrifice, a great loss, sickness, or death. Our unbelief rears up. Why does God demand this of me? Why did God allow it? Why, yes, why? That is unbelief's greatest question. It tries to choke our belief. No one is spared this anguish. It is all so puzzling, so mysterious.

In this hour of godforsakenness, we may and ought to say: I believe, dear Lord; help my unbelief! Yes, dear Lord, even in darkness, even in doubt, even in godforsakenness. After all, dear Lord, you are my dear Father, who makes all things work together for my good. Dear Lord Jesus Christ, you yourself cried out: My God, why have you forsaken me? You wanted to be where I am. Now you are with me. Now I know that, even in my hour of need, you do not forsake me.

Yes, Lord, I do believe. Help me to overcome my unbelief.
No Greater Love: Lenten Meditations


Brennan said...

The question of belief vs. knowledge certainly has come back to the foray since the 'Gospel of Judas' stuff became popular. I appreciate the posted Lenten meditation...I don't have a Lenten meditation book this year, and it's KILLING me. LOL.

Allan R. Bevere said...

I understand your desire for a meditation book during Lent. One of the things I have done during the past few years is that during Lent I listen to Gregorian Chant. It has become very meaningful for me.