Sunday Prayer Late November : Holy Is His Name

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 heart
…… 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.
 from The Prayers of Soren Kierkegaard:

 Holy is His Name 
A beautiful video reflection in words and song from
John Michael Talbot

This reflection is miles ahead in terms of where the lectionary readings are but it just happens to speak powerfully to me at this moment in time.

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