Lenten Grace — Great Gaps

photo by Kathy Yates
photo by Kathy Yates

Where God tears great gaps we should not try to fill them with human words.
They should remain open.
Our only comfort is the God of the resurrection,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who also was and is his God.

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer from “Circular Letters in the Church Struggle”

No greater gap was torn
than when Christ was separated from the Father,
choosing suffering for his brothers and sisters
by paying with his life a ransom we could never satisfy,
so dead broke are we
and captive to our sin.

Only the Word can fill
what remains open and gaping,
until we accept the comfort of his grace
freely given.

Grace great enough
to fill every hole
bridge every gap
bring hope to the hopeless
and restore us wholly to our Father
who was and is our God.



7 thoughts on “Lenten Grace — Great Gaps

  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! — for Yates’ perfect picture, Bonhoeffer’s excerpt, and your thoughts. All fused together in a beautiful meditation this Ash Wednesday and thereafter.
    Thank you.


  2. Emily, thank you, that Bonhoeffer quote (and this reflection) comes at a perfect time as God is tearing a very great gap in my life at the present time. The Holy Spirit is reminding me through these words not to rush to fill the gap or seek “closure” too soon, but to remain in an attitude of open waiting on and trust in Him, even if that means enduring ragged edges and painful wounds for a season.

    A blessed Lent to you and your family. May it be a season of lavish grace in your life.

    Karen B. (Lent & Beyond)


  3. thank you, Karen, thank you again. I will pray for your endurance of your gaping gap right now. Emily

    On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 6:59 AM, Barnstorming


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