Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Lord's Prayer - A Modern Version

O God who is like a nurturing father or mother,
who resides in divine spaces near and far,
come and make your name holy among us.

May your realm of peace and justice be evermore established in your world,
and may your purposes be fulfilled.
Grant us what we need for today physically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally.
Forgive us for what we have done to or neglected to do for others,
as we are also called to forgive those who have engaged in such acts against us.

Help us to resist the temptation to give into fear, hatred, and scapegoating
which harms your creation and makes idols of our own prejudices,
and liberate us from thoughts and actions that demean and dehumanize that which you love.

A transformed reality for which we have ongoing hope,
the power that you show in unconventional and unexpected ways,
and the glory that you are ever shining through what you have made
are always and forever yours.