Lord, we do not understand anything. We do not understand why evil persists in the world. We do not understand why injustice seems to win. We do not understand why our actions appear to make no difference in this life.
We do not understand why you have loved us as your children. We do not understand why you have sacrificed more than we could ever imagine. We do not understand why you have extended your grace to us, wretched sinners that we are.
We do not understand anything except that you are God and greatly to be praised. Remove our confusion and fill us with faith.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
-Ben Reed, March 8, 2010
Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony Of American History
"Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime,
Therefore, we are saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
Therefore, we are saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone.
Therefore, we are saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own;
Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness."
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