Sunday, March 4, 2007

Good work

Good Work

In this process work does not cease to be work; but the severity and rigor of labor is sought all the more
by those who know what good it does them. The continuing conflict with the It remains. But at the
same time the breakthrough has been made. The unity of prayer and work, the unity of the day, is found
because finding the You of God behind the It of the day's work is what Paul means by his admonition
to "pray without ceasing" (I Thess. 5:17). The prayer of the Christian reaches, therefore, beyond the
time allocated to it and extends into the midst of the work. It surrounds the whole day, and in so doing
it does not hinder work; it promotes work, affirms work, gives work great significance and joyfulness.
Thus every word, every deed, every piece of work of the Christian becomes a prayer....

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer -
from Life Together 75-76
from A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer Carla Barnhill, Ed., HarperSan Francisco, 2005

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