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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 12, 2020

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TUESDAY, May 12

Matthew 6:9 Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

In the same way Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, we pray the Lord’s Prayer at most worship services. For me, the prayer is sometimes rote, flowing from my mouth as automatically as a blessing after someone sneezes. But at other times, the prayer is potent and pungent: salve for a wounded and worried heart.

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.

MOVING FORWARD: Do a little research on different translations of the Lord’s Prayer. Share your favorites with us by using #ForwardDaybyDay!

PRAY for the Diocese of Lagos (Nigeria)

Ps 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36 | Leviticus 16:20-34 | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 | Matthew 6:7-15

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