God is God and We are Not

catherine siena

I came across the following prayer the other day in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)’s Book of Common Worship.

O high eternal Trinity!

O our redeemer and resurrection!

O fire ever burning,

O light-giving light:

you are the One Who Is,

and I am the one who is not. Amen.

– Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

I was struck by this prayer’s power and truth in its brevity. It served to quickly and humbly state the truth of who God is and what God has done for all people, throughout time, while acknowledging the proper order of our existence. God is God and we are not. May we all live a life of love, service and devotion to God and to each other which reflects this reality.

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