a prayer of søren

Father in heaven!
You have loved us first;
help us never forget that you are love
so that this sure conviction
might triumph in our hearts
over seduction of the world,
over the disquiet of the soul,
over anxiety for the future,
over the fright of the past,
over distress of the moment.

But grant also that this conviction
might discipline our soul
so that our hearts 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.

– Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

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