A Prayer to the God Beyond Our Idols

A Prayer to the God Beyond Our Idols May 25, 2016

Mark Sandlin shared a prayer and I immediately wanted to pass it on to readers here:

Good and gracious God,

We love you.


the you we love

is the you we have created.

We love discovering that you

are much like us –

after all

we are created in your image,


We love those moments

when when a piece of scripture

confirms the things

we long suspected

and gives us divine permission

to hold on to



and even damnation.

Unexpected God,

break into the “realities”

we have created.

Confirm within us

the thing that our spirits

already know –

that you are too big to be contained

in some limited earthly conceptualization.

Invite us to experience

the breadth and depth of you

in a way

we have never before

felt secure in exploring.

Direct us toward a faith

that is not dependent upon certainty –

a faith that is fascinated with

the questions –

a faith that gains energy and strength

in the uncertainty

which points to the existence

of something bigger

than we

could ever fully understand.

May we find humility

in that knowledge.

May it gut our overstated piousness

to its core

and created in us

a God-shaped space

that seeks out

only the reality

of you –Mark Sandlin Prayer God in our own Image

a reality

founded in,

nurtured by,

reliant upon,

enlivened with


Teach us to make love

our default position.

And in that God-shaped space,

may we find

an unending desire

to envelope the world

and all the people in it

with a grace and love

that it has never known before.


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