Glad Tidings In a Very real Sense!

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian and pastor, was put to death in a Gestapo prison after being imprisoned for his anti-fascist beliefs: In his letters he wrote:-

November 20th 1943
“If I should still be here over Christmas, don’t worry about me. I should not really be frightened about it. A Christian can keep Christmas, even in prison…”

December 17th 1943

“For a Christian there is nothing peculiarly difficult about Christmas in a prison cell. I dare say that it will have more meaning and will be observed with greater sincerity here in prison than in places where all that survives of the feast is its name.
That misery, suffering, poverty, loneliness, helplessness and guilt look very different to the eyes of God from what they do to man, that God should come down to the very place that men abhor, that Christ was born in a stable because there was no room for him in the inn – these are things which a prisoner can understand better than anyone else. For him the Christmas story is glad tidings in a very real sense.
On Christmas Eve I shall be thinking of you all very much and I want you to believe that I too shall have a few hours of real joy and that I am not allowing my troubles to get the better of me.” [Taken from LETTERS AND PAPERS FROM PRISON]

With every blessing for a joyous Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Rev.richard

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