Monday, August 18, 2008

"We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? . . . Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?"

Deitrich Bonhoeffer wrote the above about the Nazis in the winter of 1942-43 to fellow-conspirators. It made me think about deacons meetings.