In Gethsemane

What to do with an extra hour in a day? Revamp my blog’s appearance of course.  😉  It’s such fun! 
The last thing I wanted to do with that extra hour was picking up the thousands of acorns that cover my back yard.  Seriously. 
And now I’ll leave you with a book excerpt that has been challenging me this week: 
“The Christian is not a homo-religiosus, but simply a man as Jesus (in distinction from John the Baptist) was a man . . . When a man really gives up trying to make something out of himself — a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called clerical somebody), a righteous or unrighteous man, . . . when in fullness of tasks, questions, success or ill-hap, experiences and perplexities, a man throws himself into the arms of God . . . then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, that is metanoia, and it is thus that he becomes a man and a Christian. How can a man wax arrogant if in a this-sided life he shares the suffering of God.”   
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Das Zeugnis eines Boten 
I know. It’s so stinkin good. 
Go ahead and read it a few more times, till it starts to sting a little – and then one more time until it feels like sweet relief. 
I’ve just started reading The Cost of Discipleship and this lil goodie was in the Memoir before Chapter one. 
Oh! To daily wake with Christ in Gethsemane!
~ ps. metanoia = repentance. I had to look it up. 

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