“The joy of God
has gone through
of the manger
and the agony
of the cross;
Originally penned from a prison cell on November 29, 1942, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s final circular letter to his friends is one of the greatest things I’ve ever read.
Read it for yourself in Tony Reinke’s excellent blog The Invincible, Irrefutable Joy. I was going to include a big quote from it but don’t want to ruin it for you, so do your heart a favor and read it for yourself as you let your heart soar in worship over this sin-taking, joy-bearing, joy-giving God that has come to us.
(Another stellar blog from Reinke on Christmas and Bonhoeffer is Christmas in a Cold Prison. The last two paragraphs alone are worth the whole read.)