A thousand burnt offerings, O Wisdom,
not given in shame or self-righteousness
but in a flood of awe: You are beautiful.

A thousand burnt offerings, O Wisdom,
to bring incense to the table you set
for those humble enough to drink there.

A thousand burnt offerings, O Wisdom,
and may their smoke be a bitter cloud
to the enemies of truth and goodness.

A thousand burnt offerings
and then a thousand more:
until hearts burn with love
and no longer scorch the earth,
until tongues taste abundance
without hoarding from others,
until every body knows peace
and has no need to cause war.

A thousand burnt offerings, O Wisdom,
in adoration for all that is not known
and all that might still be revealed.


The Rev. Rachel G. Hackenberg‘s book with co-author Martha Spong, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), searches for faith through life’s trials. Rachel has also written Writing to God, a popular Lenten devotional, and other books.


RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via email or social media. We do not grant permission to cut-and-paste prayers and articles without a link back. For permission to use material in paper publications, please email revgalblogpals [at] gmail [dot] com.

2 thoughts on “Sunday Prayer: Adoration

We hope you'll join the conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.