Father in Heaven,
What are we without You?
What is all that we know,
vast accumulation though it be,
but a chipped fragment if we do not know You!
What is all our striving,
could it ever encompass a world,
but a half-finished work if we do not know You:
You the One, who is one thing and who is all!
So may You give to the intellect,
wisdom to comprehend that one thing;
to the heart,
sincerity to receive this understanding;
to the will,
purity that wills only one thing.
In prosperity may You grant perseverance to will one thing;
amid distractions, collectedness to will one thing; in suffering, patience to will one thing.
You that gives both the beginning and the completion,
give Your victory in the day of need
so that what neither our burning wish
nor our determined resolution may attain to,
may be granted unto us in the sorrowing of repentance:
to will only one thing.
- Soren Kierkegaard, 1813-55