Monday, 27 April 2009

Only the contrite self, sick of its pretensions, can find salvation


"Only when all our pretensions to self-sufficiency have been shattered,
only when we have given up all our schemes of achieving security in some larger whole which is but the self writ large, only when we have finally realized that we cannot save ourselves even through our noblest aspirations and most exalted ideals, only when we come forward with not only empty hands but contrite heart and humble spirit, only then is there hope. Only the contrite self, sick of its pretensions, can find salvation."
- Will Herberg (Judaism and Modern Man, 1951)

"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians. 4:6-7 (RSV)

Lord God teach me to overcome my fears. I realize that the man I can not do anything that ever would destroy me, but my choices can destroy me. So I ask you for giving me guidance on the correct path to eternal life.
I have many questions and many applications and dare to ask it to grant me those in line with your wishes.
I humbly offer myself to you to receive me into your world of peace.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.