Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A prayer of confession - by Stanley Hauerwas

Gracious God, humble us through the violence of
Your love so we are able to know and confess
our sins. We want our sins to be interesting, but,
God forgive us, they are so ordinary: envy,
hatred, meanness, pride, self-centeredness, laziness,
boredom, lying, lust, stinginess, and so on.
You have saved us from "and so on" to be a royal
people able to witness to the world that
the powers that make us such ordinary sinners
have been defeated. So capture our attention
with the beauty of your life that
the ugliness of sin may be seen as just that -
ugly.
God, how wonderful
it is to be captivated by you.
Amen.
Taken from the end of this article, which would appear to be the full text of the second lecture he gave at New College on How to Write a Theological Sentence.

2 comments:

Catherine said...

Great prayer. And well done for finding that article - I've heard lots about that lecture and I'm looking forward to reading it!

Ali said...

Oh do! It took me several chunks to finish it, because one can say an awful lot in an hour, but it's very stimulating. I found it very helpful to be able to read it after only hearing it (just need to find a transcript of the first lecture somewhere now).