Pater noster by Fridolin Leiber, via Wikimedia Commons
Father in Heaven!
You hold all good gifts in your gentle hand.
Your abundance is richer than human understanding can comprehend.
You are more willing to give and your goodness is greater
than any human heart can understand.
You fulfill every prayer and give what we pray for,
or answer in ways that are far better than what we asked.
So, do to give everyone their appointed share,
as is pleasing to you.
But also, give to everyone the assurance that all things come from you
and no joy can separate us from you despite the forgetfulness of pleasure,
and no sorrow can create a divide between you and us,
but draw us to yourself when we are joyful,
and abide with us in our sorrow,
so that when at last our days are numbered
and our outward appearance has perished,
death may not come in his own name,
cold and terrible,
but gentle and friendly, with greetings and salutations
with personal endorsements from you,
Our Father Who Are in Heaven! Amen.
Søren Kierkegaard, 1813 – 1855, Danish philosopher and theologian
from The Prayers of Kierkegaard, freely modified
Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth,
that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.