“a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” - Psalm 51:17,
Today marks the 66th anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. After these many years, it feels as though we are all still catching up to his brilliant theology, his Christian witness, and his deep understanding of discipleship.
On this day, it seems appropriate to reflect upon what Bonhoeffer called the “cost of discipleship” and to ask what it means for us now. In my experience as a parish pastor, I’ve come to see that each of us calculate the cost of discipleship differently. We each give it a different name.
For me, its name is heartbreak.