Kindle, We Pray

I saw this prayer on Reddit, with the headline “Kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace…”:


Morning Prayer: For Peace:

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

What does it say about our evolving language usage that for a second I thought this was a prayer to the Kindle?

The photo above is of a swearing-in ceremony using an electronic reader with the Constitution on it rather than the Bible.



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  • D Rizdek

    I guess in this case, the prayer writer felt the need to tell God they are praying even though the opening words were “Almighty God.” I mean what else would one be doing if they start out addressing God and then proceed to ask for things? Well, I guess someone could be taking God’s name in vain, “Almighty God that was a beautiful shot.” (How many meanings might this have?)

    Anyway, it appears the author, in an effort to be sound pious, wrote the prayer in a confusing way. It’s like when I was a kid listening to old folks pray in church…there seemed to be a contest to see who could cram in as many “almighty Gods,” “dear Jesus,” or “Lord” into one prayer. It was as if God, in his senility might forget the person was still talking to him.

  • Jdwer

    I like the Kindle but wish they had an inbuilt mechanism for managing the highlights I’ve made. For now am using which is great but wish I didn’t have to go to a third party site.