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Luke 11:2-4 [Jesus] said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”
Yet sometimes I find myself saying it so routinely that it seems to lose its meaning. When that happens, I turn to Eugene Peterson’s translation in The Message:
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from the Devil and ourselves.
Thanks be to God for words new and old, for different translations and deeper understandings. And thanks be to our Lord who never stops teaching us how to pray.
MOVING FORWARD: How do you understand the Lord’s Prayer? Try writing it in your own words so that you may carry it in your heart, today and always.
Good Book Club Reading: Luke 11:1-13
Today the Church remembers John and Charles Wesley, Priests, 1791, 1788.