Marriage Tuesday

dietrich bonhoeffer was a german pastor who was part of the german resistance movement against nazism in the 40’s.   he was arrested in 1943,  imprisoned and tortured,  and eventually executed in 1945,  at the age of 39.   his books and his letters from prison have had a huge impact on the church for decades and changed and challenged the discipleship of countless christ-followers.

bonhoeffer wrote from his prison cell to a young couple,

“Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man. . . . It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.”

can that…no, will that be said of your union:   “it is not your love that sustains your marriage,  but your marriage that sustains your love” ?

i am humbled by the truth of his insight.


One thought on “Marriage Tuesday

  1. I’ve yet to find a collection of his writing (truth be told, I usually blank on his name upon entering a book store)… do you have one I could borrow? I’ll be in town this weekend.

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