Daily Meditation for July 20, 2020

“Wow! What a mess the world is in!” seems to be the common cry these days as the pandemic and murders and destruction of all sorts are occurring at home and abroad. Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book Meditation and Prayer offers a more positive take on our world by suggesting that “the world lives by the blessing of God and of the righteous—and thus has a future.” For him, blessing means laying one’s hand on something and saying: “Despite everything, you belong to God.” Bonhoeffer goes on to say, “We do not abandon the world, we do not repudiate, despise, or condemn it; instead we call it back to God, we give it hope, we lay our hand on it and say: ‘May God’s blessings come upon you, may God renew you: be blessed, world created by God, you belong to your creator and redeemer.’” During this summer of confusion and questioning, may Bonhoeffer’s prayer be ours, also.

By Lois Wedl, OSB