By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
I was trying to find a prayer by Søren Kierkegaard, nineteenth century Danish poet theologian whose existential writings ask some of the most enduring human questions. Sure enough an entire collection of prayers by Kierkegaard has been published, but in my search I stumbled across the above quote: apparently he wrote it in the margins of one of his notebooks, a stray thought that was not quite indispensable, but not quite vital enough to incorporate into his larger works.
I love this idea of at least trying not to keep “a Sunday’s distance” from God: at least once every seventh day, take some time to remember the one in whom we live and move and have our being. I thought maybe it was a more common turn of phrase, but if you google “a Sunday’s distance” the only thing that comes up is his little quote from the margins.
Maybe those of you who subscribe to this daily email are the kind of people who never keep more than “a Sunday’s distance” from God. You always attend worship, even in the oddest of online pandemic worship life.
What does it mean for you these days to “not completely forget” God, or not keep more than “a Sunday’s distance” from our divine creator?
Let us pray:
Father in Heaven!
Though 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.
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 hast commanded us to love as we love ourselves.
—Søren Kierkegaard, 1813–1855