A few years ago, while serving an American Baptist Church in Oregon, I was inspired to take a stab at a fresh rendering of the Lord’s Prayer. I am no expert in biblical languages. It is not a translation. I simply love the prayer and wanted to try my hand at paraphrasing it. I hope it is still meaningful to you even if it’s not the original.
Loving God, above the heavens but ever present to us, we lift our eyes and bless you. May your life and way become ours in all things. Feed, this day, our souls even as you nourish our bodies. Forgive us when we choose to do wrong and help us to forgive others when they do wrong against us. Guide us into high and holy places and away from the dark road of hate. Let your mighty strength, your loving reign and the fullness of your being be forever ours. Amen.
August 4, 2003