Not long after his engagement to Maria von Wedemeyer in 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Nazis. While in prison, he wrote many letters to Maria, including the following one growing from reflection on Jeremiah’s words in 32.1-15. The fact that Jeremiah wrote, while also in prison, meant these words had deep significance for Bonhoeffer. He wrote:
“When Jeremiah said in his people’s hour of direst need, that ‘houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land,’ it was a token of confidence in the future. That requires faith, and may God grant us it daily. I don’t mean the faith that flees the world, but the faith that endures in the world and loves and remains true to the world in spite of all the hardships it brings us. [Just so] our marriage must be a ‘yes’ to God’s earth. It must strengthen our resolve to do and accomplish something on earth. I fear that Christians who venture to stand on earth on only one leg will stand in heaven on only one leg too.”
Good words to remember in this season of Pentecost.
[Dietrich Bonhoeffer & Maria von Wedemeyer, Love Letters from Cell 92, 1943-1945 ]