You have loved us first – a prayer by Søren Kierkegaard

In my message this weekend, “The Heart of Love,” I referenced a prayer by the great Christian philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, about the love of God. I’ve included it here for your encouragement.

You have loved us first, O God, alas! We speak of it in terms of history as if You loved us first but a single time, rather than that without ceasing You have loved us first many times and everyday and our whole life through. When we wake up in the morning and turn our soul toward You – You were there first – You have loved us first; if I rise at dawn and at that 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 there first and thus forever. And we speak ungratefully as if You have loved us first only once.

One thought on “You have loved us first – a prayer by Søren Kierkegaard

  1. LOVE this, Matt – thanks for sharing. I was just about to go off and search for this and — voilà — here it is. Thanks for all you do to shepherd us!

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