July 10, 2011 in Uncategorized By: Dave Emerson
(7/10/2011, Los Alamitos) Spiritual content notice: On most Sundays we pause for a spiritual perspective, usually from a Judeo-Christian perspective.)
Over the last few months I’ve spent some time learning more about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German pastor and leader in the German resistance movement before and during World War II. Bonhoeffer was executed near the end of World War II for his participation in a failed plot to assassinate Hitler.
Bonhoeffer encouraged the practice of spending a half hour every morning in prayer and meditation on a brief passage of Scripture, and he especially encouraged turning the Psalms, the “hymns of the Bible” into prayers. The following is excerpted from Bonhoeffer’s booklet, Psalms: the prayer book of the Bible (click here to read the book online using Google books). He wrote the book while in a Nazi prison awaiting his death.
The entire day receives order and discipline when it acquires unity. This unity must be sought and found in morning prayer. The morning prayer determines the day. Squandered time of which we are ashamed, temptations to which we succumb, weaknesses and lack of discipline in work, disorganzation…in our thoughts and in our conversations with other men, all have their origin most often in the neglect of morning prayer.
Order and distribution of our time become more firm where they originate in prayer. Temptations which accompany the working day will be conquered on the basis of the morning breakthrough to God. Decisions, demanded by work, become easier and simplier where they are made not in fear of mean but only in the sight of God…Even mechanical work is done in a more patient way if it arises from the recognition of God and his command. The powers to work take hold, therefore, at the place where we have prayed to God. He wants to give us today the power which we need for our work.