Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Blogger's Prayer

This posting is not mine. I just wish it was.

It is yet another in the 30-50 terabytes (or so) of things I wish I were deep enough to have written. Instead, it belongs to Andrew Jones, aka tallskinnykiwi. He's one of the bloggers who is not good because he's popular, but rather popular because he's good. So it seems that in this case, my job is not to be brilliant, but merely to point to true brilliance when I find it. Hopefully I will never sign onto my own blog without at least thinking of this. I'm grateful I found this, Andrew.

The Blogger's Prayer 1.1 by Andrew Jones (June, 2002)

Our Father
who lives above and beyond the dimension of the internet

Give us this day a life worth blogging,
The access to words and images that express our journey with passion and integrity,
And a secure connection to publish your daily mercies.
Your Kingdom come into new spaces today,
As we make known your mysteries,
Posting by posting,
Blog by blog.

Give this day,
The same ability to those less privileged,
Whose lives speak louder than ours,
Whose sacrifice is greater,
Whose stories will last longer.

Forgive us our sins,
For blog-rolling strangers and pretending they are friends,
For counting unique visitors but not noticing unique people,
For delighting in the thousands of hits but ignoring the ONE who returns,
For luring viewers but sending them away empty handed,
For updating daily but repenting weekly.

As we forgive those who trespass on our sites to appropriate our thoughts without reference,
Our images without approval,
Our ideas without linking back to us.

Lead us not into the temptation to sell out our congregation,
To see people as links and not as lives,
To make our blogs look better than our actual story.

But deliver us from the evil of pimping ourselves instead of pointing to you,
From turning our guests into consumers of someone else's products,
From infatuation over the toys of technology,
From idolatry over techology
From fame before our time has come.

For Yours is the power to guide the destinies behind the web logs,
To bring hurting people into the sanctuaries of our sites,
To give us the stickiness to follow you, no matter who is watching or reading.
Yours is the glory that makes people second look our sites and our lives,
Yours is the heavy ambience,

For ever and ever,
Amen
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And ever amen, Andrew. Soli Deo gloria.

1 comment:

Poor Mad Peter said...

Visited his website when it was pointed out to over a year ago, and came away empty-spirited, empty-handed. But this prayer tells me that somewhere in there is a man of substance, Thanks, Steve.