A Dubious Prayer

happy20sunSun that givest all things birth
Shine on everything on earth!

united_states_flag_mapIf that’s too much to demand
Shine at least on this our land!

 

presentation1If even that’s too much for thee
Shine at any rate on me.                     ~Piet Hein*

Unvarnished Translation: “Look, God or whatever you call yourself, I just asked you to bless others because I know you’re into that kind of thing. But we both know what this is about. So, if you’ve only got one blessing to give–make sure it goes to me. ‘Kay?  Have a nice day, or eternity, or whatever. Sincerely, Me.”

*Danish mathematician and inventor Piet Hein began writing short, satirical poems called “grooks” during the Nazi occupation of his country in 1940.

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4 Responses to A Dubious Prayer

  1. BelleUnruh says:

    I guess you mean, “What are our motives in prayer? For ourselves to be blessed or for others?” Well, I’ll be honest, I want God to bless me with his character, his heart, his mind and his presence. I need him desperately. I mess everything up if he isn’t helping me. Blessing others? Oh yes, I dearly want that for everyone; for the whole world.

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  2. BelleUnruh says:

    Thanks for adding on to it. Yes, I got he was being sarcastic and also honest in a way. We should have good motives for praying, we shouldn’t be selfish and only go to God when we are needy, and we should want blessings for others before ourselves. If we don’t feel that way, we should then pray for those motives.

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