Prayers to a Living GodDecember 16, 2016
help us to stop thinking about you
and start thinking like you.
Please give us the mind of Christ.
help us to stop trying to learn about you
and to start loving you.
Please give us a heart after your own.
Let us not reduce you to
words and thoughts,
ideas and notions,
concepts and abstractions only.
please help us to use
every sense and skill,
intuition and instinct,
every art and articulation,
reason and reflex
in discovery of you.
Lead us in the humility
and forgive us in the inadequacy
of them all.
help us not to pile up
our individual religious knowledge
into our heads,
but to build up
into the body of Christ.
Let us Hold fast to you,
and yet so give ourselves away to others.
Let our faith-giving be so generous,
and our faith-sharing so fearless.
Spirit of the Living God,
help us to remember that you are more alive than we are.
Beside you we are but dead ones walking,
decaying flesh, and fragmenting souls.
You, defeater of death,
are infinitely more alive than we.
Let us respond to you as one so alive.
Let us never speak of you as if you were
static or stuck,
limp or lifeless,
inert or inanimate.
Let us speak only of you truly:
with the passion of a lover,
or the sheer enthusiasm of a child
and let us live only with you
in the intimate immanence of both.
*Images: McCrae. Neighbour contemplating the burning debris from his day’s work renovating; Foreshore sunset