Wednesday Wallpaper: Gratitude Changes the Pangs of Memory

by Jacob Abshire on November 4, 2015

Gratitude, for when memories sadden. While imprisoned in Tegel for his faith, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote to his fellow student (Eberhard) and niece (Renate) about the pangs of memory. It was Christmas Eve. War was imminent and their separation inevitable, but Bonhoeffer’s gratitude changed his sadness into joy. Let this design remind you to be grateful for God’s goodness in your life and the lives of those around you. (Read the full letter here.)

“The dearer and richer our memories, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude changes the pangs of memory into tranquil joy. The beauties of the past are borne, not as a thorn in the flesh, but as a precious gift in themselves. We must take care not to wallow in our memories or hand ourselves over to them, just as we do not gaze all the time at a valuable present, but only at special times, and apart from these keep it simply as a hidden treasure that is ours for certain. In this way the past gives us lasting joy and strength.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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