Priest's Corner for March 23, 2023

Can you see the light? We’re almost in Jerusalem. We still have miles to go, but we can see the city in the distance.

I’ve been thinking about prayer. Maybe because our discussion from Richard Foster’s text, Prayer, has been fruitful and thought-provoking. Brother Todd Blackham, SSJE wrote this about the Lord’s Prayer:

“If there is ever a time to refresh and renew our prayer it is now, in the holy season of Lent. If our primary experience with the Lord's Prayer is in corporate worship, we would do well to set aside time to reconnect with it. To slow down. To take in each word and phrase, to lovingly abide and allow it to shine once more lighting our path.”

This got me thinking. I remember attending a workshop on the Lord’s Prayer and the assignment was to rewrite the prayer in your own words. I don’t remember what I wrote although I do remember that it was a powerful exercise.

Our Father in heaven,

Reveal who you are.

Set the world right; Do what’s best—

as above, so below.

Keep us alive with three square meals.

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.

Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.

You’re in charge!

You can do anything you want!

You’re ablaze in beauty!

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Above is the scripture from Matthew 6:9-13 taken from The Message Bible translation.

What will your Lord’s Prayer look like? Give it a try. You might be amazed as to what you will

read and learn!

Rev. Anne Abdy+

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