Saturday, December 3, 2011

12/04/11 Lord's Prayer

(Almost 20 years ago, I used to do a weekly email that sent out an alternative liturgy for individual practitioners of Christianity and small groups.  One of the elements that was part of this liturgy was an interpretation of the Lord's Prayer.  I've started doing this every Saturday for this blog.)

Loving God and parent of us all whose presence is about more than place,
We call out to you by many names, all holy.
How can we help make this world into the world you hoped for?
How can we best be the people you hoped for?
How can we merge sacred dreams with daily realities?
May we be always able to celebrate that we have more than enough; in fact, may we know that we have so much that, through us, other's prayers for daily bread can be answered.
We ask for forgiveness for those times we don't "get it;" those times we do wrong; those times we give way to self-righteous anger; those times we don't share.
Help us not be so enamored with revenge or ego that we don't share forgiveness with others, too.
It is not always easy to do the right thing. Please help us do the right thing.