Monday, May 02, 2005

Prayer to Start the Week

Few have shaped contemporary Christian attitudes as much as Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855).

Like Augustine, most of Kierkegaard's prayers are found here and there in his writings. They weren't written to be prayed by others. They were written when the author was finally compelled to speak to no one else but the Lord. Those are some of the best prayers, like this one that I'm praying today . . .

There is much to drag us back, O Lord: empty pursuits, trivial pleasures, unworthy cares.

There is much to frighten us away: pride that makes us reluctant to accept help; cowardice that recoils from sharing your suffering; anguish at the prospect of confessing our sins to you.

But you are stronger than all these forces. We call you our redeemer and savior because you redeem us from our empty, trivial existence. You save us from our foolish fears.

So we thank you, Lord. Amen.

2 comments:

Steve Duer said...

Powerful.

Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

Frank -

I've read "your" prayer several times today, but was not in a postition to be able to take the time to comment before because we've had a lot of company this weekend who just left today (I know, and with me laid up for a couple of months here!).

But, I wanted to let you know that it has really resonated with me - especially the second paragraph about "pride that makes [me]reluctant to accept help, the "cowardice" in sharing in suffering and the "prospect of confessing" my sins.

This blasted 2 to 3 months minimum of having to strictly keep my foot propped up and not doing ANYTHING at all has really tested my pride (because someone else has to do everything for me, practically), I'm a "coward" when it comes to having to suffer through this and I certainly always have sins, even being stuck at home, that I must confess.

Thanks for the insightful and compelling prayer of Kierkegarrd. I'm sure he wasn't talking about my circumstances, but I certainly identify.

Dee