Apr 25, 2012

Prayer: How You Have Loved

Here’s a beautiful prayer about the love of Jesus. It was written by John van de Laar.

How You Have Loved
(inspired by 1 John 4:19, John 15:12)

How deeply you have loved us, Jesus;
how willingly you stepped into our experience,
how completely you empathised with all that we endure.
Teach us to love as you have loved us.

How sacrificially you have loved us, Jesus;
how completely you gave yourself for us,
how courageously you suffered for our sakes.
Teach us to love as you have loved us.

How restoratively you have loved us, Jesus;
how generously you share your life,
how extravagantly you make yourself available to us.
Teach us to love as you have loved us.

We praise you for your love
which is given so freely and so unconditionally.
And we thank you for believing
that we could learn to offer such love
to each other.
Amen.

— written by John van de Laar, and posted on his excellent Sacredise website.  Visit that site for other excellent lectionary-based resources.  

For more prayers on this blog, see the Scriptural Prayer Index at the upper right side of the page.