sin is…

“Faith is: that the self…is grounded…in God.
Sin is faith’s opposite…

Sin is… wanting to be one’s own self,

instead of a self whose specifications and identity

are the outcome of one’s relationship to God.”

-Soren Kierdegaard, The Sickness Unto Death


for the hope of glory

Almighty God,
Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us
and to all whom you have made.

We bless you for our creation,
preservation, and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption
of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages.

-General Thanksgiving Prayer, Book of Common Prayer

october morn

“O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled.

-Robert Frost.