Posted in Literature, Spirituality

Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus

I wanted “in” with all the meanings this tiny word holds. The house was a place where I could think more about the tasks of being human, for it was where a very human Bonhoeffer lived – not only the Bonhoeffer of theologians, at times abstracted into ideas, and not only the heroic Bonhoeffer, gauzy, romantic, and two-dimensional. Here, I could imagine the man who rose early to read and meditate on the Bible, who ate oysters and played piano, who was captivated and instructed by art in so many forms, who sang boisterously and conversed brilliantly, who enjoyed all kinds of sports, who wrestled internally with himself, and who wrote fervent, fearful, and sometimes funny letters to friends and loved ones that still pierce hearts with their insight, vulnerability, and strength.

What a beautiful and timely book! “Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus” is not a biography as such (though you do get an overview of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life) but offers a unique blend of story and reflection. During her time in Berlin, the author was a volunteer guide at the house where Bonhoeffer’s parents lived and where he was arrested, causing her to reflect deeply on his life and legacy. She takes us along on her own journey of not just learning, but also of relating some of the principles and tensions she discovers to living in today’s world. The book was written prior to the current pandemic but reading it, as I did, in the midst of it, it seemed even more relatable and relevant!

I was so impressed with Laura Fabrycky’s humility in looking at Bonhoeffer’s life and decisions in the context of the time, and her intentionality in taking off her own cultural glasses. And all of that in a profound, but also very down-to-earth style.  Highly recommended!


True confession: Laura is a friend of mine and I had the privilege of having her as a guide at the Bonhoeffer Haus. Now reading her book, it is wonderful to see her writing match her enthusiasm in sharing in person, and the integrity with which she lives her life!


Posted in Spirituality

His Love Endures Forever

A psalm of thanksgiving and praise in the midst of struggle (very loosely based on Psalm 118). Written when my birthday and social distancing coincided.


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

    his love endures for ever.


When I’m forced to stay at home on a beautiful spring day

I am thankful that green has just started to appear on the bushes and trees

outside my window.

What a wonderful reminder of seasons changing, and of new life appearing out of what looked dead.


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

    his love endures for ever.


When I’m away from family and friends, and not able to celebrate with them in person

I am thankful for technology that allows us to connect from a distance. And beyond thankful for the many lives I’ve had the privilege of connecting with. What a joy, a blessing, and an encouragement every person is. What a gift to have so many people I miss being around!

Fun places around Berlin – we will be back!


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

    his love endures for ever.


When fear and sadness and loss seem to take over, I am thankful I can be real with You. Your throne is a throne of grace and you invite me to come as I am. I am thankful you promise to be with me. I am thankful you are still God, and all this is not a surprise to you.


You are my God, and I will praise you;

    you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

    his love endures for ever.”


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