The following is from a letter from Bonhoeffer at Tegel prison, November 21, 1943
“We are silent in the early hours of each day,
Because God is supposed to have the first word,
And we are silent before going to sleep,
Because to God also belongs the last word.
We are silent solely for the sake of the word,
not in order to show dishonor to the word
but in order to honor and receive it properly.
Silence ultimately means nothing,
But waiting for God’s word
And coming away blessed by God’s word.
Life in a prison cell may well be compared to Advent:
One waits, hopes, and does this, that, or the other—
Things that are really of no consequence—
The door is shut, and can only be opened from the outside.”
And the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us. May we be aware of the Incarnate Christ
in our everyday life, for He has come and is with us.