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Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855)

You Changeless One, Whom Nothing Changes

You Changeless One, whom nothing changes! You who are
changeless in love, who just for our own good do not let yourself
change-would that we also might will our own well-being, let
ourselves be brought up, in unconditional obedience, by your
changelessness to find rest and to rest in your changelessness! You
are not like a human being. If he is to maintain a mere measure
of changelessness, he must not have too much that can move him
and must not let himself be moved too much. But everything
moves you, and in infinite love. Even what we human beings call
a trifle and unmoved pass by, the sparrow's need, that moves
you; what we so often scarcely pay attention to, a human sigh,
that moves you, Infinite Love. But nothing changes you, you
Changeless One! O you who in infinite love let yourself be
moved, may this our prayer also move you to bless it so that the
prayer may change the one who is praying into conformity with
your changeless will, you Changeless One!

Søren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher whose meditations, journals, and sermons were catalysts for the Christian existentialist movement. This prayer is taken from the introduction to his essay, "The Changelessness of God," found in the collection of Kierkegaard writings, The Moment and Late Writings, eds. Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong, Princeton University Press, 1998, p. 268.

Michael Fitzpatrick

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