I have always been a big fan, and proponent, of the traditional Lord’s Prayer. After all, its the flagship prayer given to us by Christ directly. In times of struggle. or when the fires of my faith were dim, I’ve always found solace in this particular prayer.
During the worst of the pandemic I blessed to find a faith community that was meeting online via video chat. It was in one of those services I was exposed to this contemporary take on this classical prayer and I wanted to pass it along…
Dear One, closer to us than our own hearts, farther from us than the most distant star, you are beyond naming.
May your powerful presence become obvious not only in the undeniable glory of the sky, but also in the seemingly base and common processes of the earth.
Give us what we need, day by day, to keep body and soul together, because clever as you have made us, we still owe our existence to you.
We recognize that to be reconciled with you, we must live peaceably and justly with other human beings, putting hate and bitterness behind us.
We are torn between our faith in your goodness and our awareness of the evil in your creation, so deliver us from the temptation to despair.
Yours alone is the universe and all its majesty and beauty.
So it is, Amen.Rev. James Burklo
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