Tomorrow is Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s birthday (February 4, 1906). Bonhoeffer was a leading German theologian and leader in the Lutheran church during the middle of the twentieth century, probably best known for his staunch resistance to Nazism and for his involvement with the German resistance and the plot to assassinate Hitler. Although he died when he was only 39 years old, Bonhoeffer still made a mark on theology with his sermons, letters, and his writings on the church, discipleship, and ethics, among other things.
In honor of Bonhoeffer’s 107th birthday, here is his famous morning prayer.
O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me…
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.