I normally try to connect our Sunday prayers to some important historical date. But I didn’t have anything scheduled for today, and I realized that I missed the anniversary of the death of Samuel Taylor Coleridge over the summer. So I thought I’d fix that tragic oversight today.
For those who may not know, Coleridge was a famous English poet. But like many literary figures before him, he was so much more than that. Regularly weaving theological themes into his various writings, Coleridge was a significant theologian in his own right, and one who influenced generations of theologians after him.
Samuel Coleridge died on July 25, 1834. In honor of his amazing life and influence, this Sunday’s prayer comes from him.
God’s child in Christ adopted,–Christ my all,–
What that earth boasts were not lost cheaply, rather
Than forfeit that blest name, by which I call
The Holy One, the Almighty God, my Father?
Father! in Christ we live, and Christ in thee
Eternal thou, and everlasting we.
The heir of heaven, henceforth I fear not death:
In Christ I live! in Christ I draw the breath
Of the true life!–Let, then, earth, sea, and sky
Make war against me! On my front I show
Their mighty Master’s sea. In vain they try
To end my life, that can but end its woe.
Is that a deathbed where a Christian lives?
Yes! but not his–’tis Death itself that dies.