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.
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.