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A Prayer for Ignorance

For my thoughts are not your thoughts:
nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are exalted above the earth,
so are my ways exalted above your ways,
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

Lord, I ask Your forgiveness
for I must confess that I find
the impenetrability of Your thoughts
to offer no comfort whatsoever.

Lord, teach me to accept my ignorance.
Let me unlearn every mathematical technique
and social grace. Let me forget
everything, even that I have lived all these years.

Wrap me in a blanket of ignorance.
Let me be persuaded to act wrongly
by arguments designed to deceive
by those skilled in the arts of deception.

Let me shout vehemently for causes
I do not understand and repudiate
perpetrators of injustices I have not studied.
Let my actions be guided by instinct and prejudice.

Lord, release me from the obligation of thought,
for I have traveled that path and trusted mightily
in it though it has not led me to Your promised land,
in which the lamb and the lion dine side by side.

Lord, let me accept that Your exalted thoughts
cannot be rationalized by the human mind.
Let me blind myself, then wander by chance
through either the gates of Your kingdom,

or the gates of Hell, which seems more likely,
for, though I cannot trust the workings of my mind
to unravel the depths of Your mysteries,
I can sense whichever way I go, it shall be wrong.

A Prayer for Ignorance
David Keffer
Knoxville, TN
September 28, 2014