Dietrich Bonhoeffer on following Jesus in his death

The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death–we give over our lives to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, 99.

prayer for the week*

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

*I changed the title from “prayer” to “prayer for the week“, because most “collects” on Sunday, extend the week following, I think through Saturday. A prayer we’re to pray everyday, in the same spirit and way as we are regularly to pray the “our Father” prayer.