Soren Kierkegaard: The Prayers of Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher who lived from 1813 to 1855.  He lived much of his life in Copenhagen.  He published many works on a variety of subjects during his life.  He was well known in Copenhagen among the common people as well as the intellectual and religious leaders.  Near the end of his life, he became very controversial due to his attack on the "…mediocrity and pretension of the bourgeois Christianity of his time" (LeFevre, The Prayers of Kierkegaard, p. 125).

 
The following two prayers are from Perry D. LeFevre’s (editor) The Prayers of Kierkegaard.

God in Heaven, let me really feel my nothingness, not in order to despair over it, but in order to feel more powerfully the greatness of Thy goodness.

 
Father in Heaven!  Thou hast loved us first, help us to never forget that Thou art 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 Thou has commanded us to love as we love ourselves.

 
(LeFevre, The Prayers of Kierkegaard, pp. 6, 13) 

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