Monday, May 10, 2004


Fr. Jake is taking a look at the Lord's Prayer and suggesting we try to envision "Our Mother who art in heaven." Appropriate for Mother's Day. But that got me thinking. Does Father or Mother truly express God? What about for those people who have abusive fathers? Or those people for whom a gender change of God creates distance and alienation rather than freedom? So, if you chould change this prayer, how would you do it?

Here's my version:

Our Lover in heaven,
precious be your name,
your vision come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Feed us today in heart, mind, body and soul.
Forgive our hurts as we forgive those who hurt us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For yours is the power and the glory,
in heaven and on earth,
now and for ever. Amen.


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