Lord! Make our heart Your temple in which You would live.
Grant that every impure thought, every earthy desire
might be like the idol Dagon – each morning broken
at the feet of the Ark of the Covenant,
Teach us to master flesh and blood
and let this mastery of ourselves be our bloody sacrifice
in order that we might be able to say with the apostle:
“I die every day.”
Søren Kierkegaard, 1813 – 1855 Danish philosopher, theologian and author
from The Prayers of Kierkegaard, slightly edited
When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord.