God, You Deserve that Much

Part of my prayer routine is to write these words each Sunday morning, as I begin a new round of scripture meditations in a prayer book called Sacred Space

                                   God, you are, therefore I am. You are with me, and within me. And I am with you, and within you.

The other day I noticed something. I capitalize “I” but do not capitalize “you.”

This got me to thinking, “Do I value myself more than God?” Do we, as a culture, do that? Have we become so self-preoccupied that we no longer give personal pronoun precedence to God?

Of course, we capitalize the word God, but then I capitalize Robin, too.  

Then, I remember that in the old days “He,” referring to God, was capitalized. “Him,” too. But modern usage stopped maintaining that custom. Even when I use “she” or “her” in reference to God, I do not capitalize (probably some traditionalists would faint if I did, for reasons other than capitalization).

I have decided to return to the old way. In my meditation book I now write:

                          God, You are, therefore I am. You are with me, and within me. And I am with You, and within You.

 That feels better.  God, You deserve at least that much honor. And much more, of course.  

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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