Friday, May 11, 2012
Morning Prayer - Kierkegaard - You Have Loved Us First
Father in Heaven!
You have loved us first,
help us never to forget that
You are love so that this sure conviction
might triumph in our hearts
over the seduction of the world,
over the inquietude of the soul,
over the anxiety for the future,
over the fright of the past,
over the distress of the moment.
But grant also that this conviction
might discipline our soul so that our heart
might remain faithful and sincere
in the love which we bear
to all those whom You have commanded
us to love as we love ourselves.
You have loved us first, O God, alas!
We speak of it in terms of history
as if You have only loved us first but a single time,
rather than that without ceasing.
You have loved us first
many things and
every day and
our whole life through.
When we wake up in the morning
and turn our soul toward You -
You are the first -
You have loved us first;
if I rise at dawn and at the same second turn my soul toward
You in prayer,
You are there ahead of me,
You have loved me first.
When I withdraw from the distractions of the day
and turn my soul toward You,
You are the first and thus forever.
And yet we always speak ungratefully
as if You have loved us first only once.