A Prayer for Wisdom

You are wisdom, uncreated and eternal,
the supreme first cause, above all being,

sovereign Godhead, sovereign goodness,
watching unseen the God-inspired
wisdom of Christian people.

Raise us we pray, that we may totally respond
to the supreme, unknown, ultimate, and splendid height

of your words, mysterious and inspired.

There all God’s secret matters lie covered and hidden

under darkness both profound and brilliant, silent and wise.

You make what is ultimate and beyond brightness
secretly to shine in all that is most dark.

In your way, ever unseen and intangible,

you fill to the full with most beautiful splendour

those souls who close their eyes that they may see.

And I, please, with love that goes on before mind
to all that is beyond mind,

seek to gain such for myself through this prayer.


(From The Cloud of Unknowing. See HERE some information about this famous medieval English mystical writing. With thanks to Fr Martin Jacques)

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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