Sunday, December 20, 2020

Bonhoeffer: timely self-exam

Sunday, December 20, 2020
    Advent IV
    Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
    —Revelation 3:20 (KJV)
    When the old Christianity spoke of the return of the Lord Jesus, they thought of a great day of judgment. Even though this thought may appear to us to be so unlike Christmas, it is original Christianity and to be taken extremely seriously. When we hear Jesus knocking, our conscience first of all pricks us: Are we rightly prepared? Is our heart capable of becoming God’s dwelling place? Thus Advent becomes a time of self-examination.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), A Testament to Freedom: the essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Geffrey B. Kelly, F. Burton Nelson, eds., HarperCollins, 1995, p. 185 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 3:20; Matt. 5:15-16; Luke 11:33-36; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 3:16-18; 1 Pet. 3:15-22; 1 John 3:21
Quiet time reflection:
    Dwell in me, Lord, and displace all that is worthless in my heart.
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