September 25, 2019

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Statement of Belief

I believe
                    that God can and will bring good out of evil.
                    For that purpose God needs men and women
                         who will make the best use of everything.

I believe
                    that God is willing to provide us in any emergency
                         with all the powers of resilience that will be
                         necessary for us.
                    But God does not give in advance lest we should rely
                         upon ourselves and not on God alone.
                    It is such a faith that will overcome all anxiety
                         and fear of the future.

I believe
                    that God is not a timeless fate
                         but that God is attending and responding
                         to sincere prayers as well as to responsible action.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Letters & Papers from Prison