Tuesday, September 14, 2004

coupland's confession

i've carried this confession around in my wallet for years. today, i really need to hear it. thought you might appreciate it as well.

"Now--here is my secret:

I tell it to you with the openness of heart that I doubt I shall ever achieve again, so I pray that you are in a quiet room as you hear these words. My secret is that I need God--that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love."

~douglas coupland, life after god


jamie said...


jamie said...

Ok, I keep coming back to this and re-reading it. I hold my breath until I come to this part: "My secret is that I need God," and then I exhale as though I have just been given the Heimlich or CPR. An exhale of relief.

"Yes," was all I could say before because I felt overcome with relief. Yes. Someone else needs God, too. Yes. I am not alone. *We* are not alone.

Steve K. said...

Yes, that passage from "Life After God" is breathe-taking. The whole book is great. Amen and amen.