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 Alone, but yet together!

Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. He will
only do harm to himself and to the community. Alone you stood
before God when He called you; alone you had to answer that
call; alone you had to struggle and pray; and alone you will
die and give an account to God. You cannot escape from
yourself; for God has singled you out. If you refuse to be
alone, you are rejecting Christ's call to you, and you can have
no part in the community of those who are called... Let him who
is not in community beware of being alone. Into the community
you were called--the call was not meant for you alone; in the
community of the called you bear your cross, you struggle, you
pray. You are not alone even in death, and on the Last Day you
will be only one member of the great congregation of Jesus
Christ. If you scorn the fellowship of the brethren, you reject
the call of Jesus Christ.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together [1954],
tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress

 2009/11/10 3:49

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