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Matthew 6:9 Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
When I thought my husband might die from a virulent infection, I clung to this prayer like a blanket. And since 9/11, each time I fly, I rub my thumb over a blue cameo pendant and silently sing the Lord’s Prayer at departure and arrival. I have prayed it at baptisms and weddings and funerals. I’ve experienced names rising up unbidden during the prayer, convicting me to offer—or seek—forgiveness.
The Lord’s Prayer—along with so many other ways to pray—is an invitation to a conversation, a time to be with God, the one who loves us above all else and understands the desires of our hearts before we even speak.
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