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Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. He will only do harm to himself and to the community. Alone you stood before God when he called you; alone you had to answer that call; alone you had to struggle and pray; and alone you will die and give an account to God. You cannot escape from yourself; for God has singled you out. If you refuse to be alone you are rejecting Christ’s call to you, and you can have no part in the community of those who are called.

‘The challenge of death comes to us all, and no one can die for another. Everyone must fight his own battle with death by himself, alone… I will not be with you then, nor you with me’ (Luther).

But the reverse is also true: Let who is not in community beware of being alone. Into the community you were called, the call was not meant for you alone, in the community of the called you bear your cross, you struggle, you pray. You are not alone, even in death, and on the Last Day you will be only one member of the great congregation of Christ. If you scorn the fellowship of the brethren, you reject the call of Jesus Christ, and thus your solitude can only be hurtful to you.

‘If I die, then I am not alone in death; if I suffer , they [the fellowship] suffer with me’ (Luther).

 From Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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  1. May 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I reblogged this on my site because it is incredibly profound… especially for someone like myself who could find comfort in never being alone. LOVE

  2. Gary McGinnis
    May 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Love this, Mike. I realized long ago because I am an introvert (I fake extrovert) I could easy be a hermit or maybe a monk (except for the no sex thing). But life without community really is no life at all. Love ya, man!

    • May 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Of course! Since both are true, it requires an honest discussion about what is the need for this season of my life? If you won’t consider being alone… that could be a problem. If you won’t consider community… that could be a problem.

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