You Loved Us First
by Soren Kierkegaard
YOU HAVE FIRST LOVED US, O God, alas. We speak of it in terms of history, as if you have only loved us first but a single time, rather than that, without ceasing, you have loved us first many times and every day and our whole life through.
When we wake up in the morning and turn our soul to you, you are the first. You have loved us first; if I rise at dawn and at the same time turn my soul towards you in prayer, you are ahead of me; you have loved me first.
When I withdraw from the distractions of the day and turn my soul in thought towards you, you are the first and thus forever.
And yet we always speak ungratefully as if you have loved us first only once.