From time to time I like to share prayers as poems, or poems that are prayers, and the one below by Kierkegaard -- typically pugnacious in its unflinching clarity -- hit me this week in the gut; so now I pass along this prayerful suckerpunch to you as well.
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Not to Admire But to Follow
By Søren Kierkegaard
O Lord Jesus Christ,
Thou didst not come to the world
to be served,
but also surely not to be admired
or in that sense
to be worshiped.
Thou wast the way and the truth--
and it was followers only Thou didst demand.
Arouse us therefore
if we have dozed away into this delusion,
save us from the error of wishing to admire Thee
instead of being willing to follow thee
and to resemble Thee.