another from the pen of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and speaks to the blessings of
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MORNING PRAYER
The entire day receives order and discipline when it acquires unity. This
unity must be sought and found in morning prayer. It is confirmed in work.
The morning prayer determines the day. Squandered time of which we are
ashamed, temptations to which we succumb, weaknesses and lack of courage in
work, disorganization and lack of discipline in our thoughts and in our
conversation 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 that accompany the working day will be conquered on the
basis of the morning breakthrough to God. Decisions demanded by work become
easier and simpler where they are made not in the fear of men but only in the
sight of God. "Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not
men" (Colossians 3:23). 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 that we need for our work.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in PSALMS: THE PRAYER BOOK OF THE BIBLE, Augsburg
Publishing House, 1970, page 64-65.
[AN INVITATION - January 23, 2000 - 7:00pm - THE END, THE BEGINNING OF LIFE:
THE PRISON EXPERIENCES OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER" - Anyone within a reasonable
drive of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is invited to a deeply-moving one-act
play about the prison experiences of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of our
century's most influential theologians. For a photo of actor Michael Shannon
and a description of the event, please take a look at
Have a great week,
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina