“Where God Wants to Be”

Where the understanding is outraged,

Where human nature rebels,

Where our piety keeps a nervous distance:

there, precisely there, God loves to be;

there He baffles the wisdom of the wise;

there He vexes our nature, our religious instincts.

there He wants to be, and no one can prevent Him.

Only the humble believe Him and rejoice that God is free and grand,

that He works wonders where man loses heart,

that He makes splendid what is slight and lowly.

Indeed, this is the wonder of wonders,

that God loves the lowly.


–Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Where God Wants to Be” (shortly before he was executed in a Nazi prison)

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