The Lord’s Prayer Redux
Oh, my sweet, heavenly Father,
I gaze upon and am marveled by
Your creation and glory this morning.
The symmetry and patterns of a single leaf
are revealed in the rising of Your sun.
Please let Your kingdom come upon
this tired, fearful, broken, violent earth
just as Your supreme, compassionate,
restorative will reigns in heaven.
Father, please help save us from ourselves.
Please let those who have resources provide
food and clothes to those who do not,
for they were given those resources
by You for this very purpose.
Please keep me away from sin and temptation
that arises from my own choices;
help me to make the right choices when I am
confronted by temptation not of my own making.
Please keep the enemy and his demons far away from me;
You know I have enough of my own to content with.
And Father, please open my heart to forgive immediately,
to offer grace and mercy,
just as you forgive me when I offend,
and so long ago offered me
unconditional love, grace and mercy
when I lived for sin.
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Though even now, as I live for You
I know I hurt You.
I am an imperfect daughter.
Yet I know You love me.
I know I am safe in Your embrace.
I know You will never abandon me.
Please, Father, help us all
retreat from anger, fear and hate.
Please work in us –
in all your children –
to be good soil.
Please grow in us a holy hunger
to embody and produce
the fruit of your Spirit
in our thoughts,
in our words
and our actions