“Christians and Pagans” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I’ve been growing in my appreciation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life, courage, thinking and servant’s heart. I recently came across a scholar who thinks that this poem—written by Bonhoeffer in a Nazi prison camp—summarizes much of his theology in poetic form.

All go to God in their distress,
Seek help and pray for bread and happiness,
Deliverance from pain, guilt and death.
All do, Christians and others.

All go to God in his distress,
Find him poor, reviled without shelter or bread,
Watch him tortured by sin, weakness, and death.
Christians stand by God in His agony.

God goes to all in their distress,
Satisfies body and soul with His bread,
Dies, crucified for all, Christians and others,
And both alike forgiving.

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