Letters and Papers from Prison
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Macmillan Publishing Company
Nothing can make up for the absence of someone whom we love, and it
would be wrong to try to find a substitute; we must simply hold out and
it through. That sounds very hard at first, but at the same time it is a
consolation, for the gap, as long as it remains unfilled, preserves the
between us. It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap; God doesn’t
but on the contrary, keeps it empty and so helps us to keep alive our
communion with each other, even at the cost of pain.
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