Written by Ann Voskamp
5-21-08    Praying his prayer

‘Our Father who is in heaven,

OursYou are all of ours (whether we acknowledge our lineage or not.) You are who we all have in common.

Our Fatherwe come to You, Abba Daddy, not to an unfeeling Master, but to You with a tender, Father’s heart.

Our Father who is… Someone sits upon the throne, directs this cosmic play. The universe does not haplessly careen. You are.

Our Father who is in heavenAnd the heavens are not a far-flung corner of the extreme atmosphere where time clips eternity. The heavens are the sky that falls around, the air that touches our skin, the medium in which we breathe, fill our lungs with. That is where Our Father is… You are close.

Hallowed be Your name.

Hallowed is Your name   holy. Keep me from profaning, belittling, treating as common, all that is holy, because of Your name. May I live without shoes, for all this — everywhere You are– is holy.

Your kingdom come … not mine, not our plans, only Your kingdom come.

Your will be donenot my will, not our plans, only Your will be done. For this is the crux of living at Your feast table, of taking the cup, of following Christ.

On earth as it is in heavenand in heaven the whole host of angels bow down and worship, give praise and thanks, crying Holy, Holy, Holy. Do I do that which is done in heaven?

Give us this day our daily bread… I trust that in this day, You’ll give me what is nourishing, what I need. Keep me from chewing at tomorrow’s worry, gnawing at yesterday’s regrets. Today, I will simply collect the manna You’ve given for this day, and know that what You rain down in this day is what is best. My daily bread. Cause me to give thanks and eat what You give.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtorsWe are indebted to You beyond accounting. For arteries that faithfully pump, blood that endlessly courses, neurons and synapses that perfectly fire. For sun orb that rises and warms, for a Cross beam that supports the universe, for this waterfall of mercy that washes away our stubborn pride stains. There is no end to our debts. And yet You, with a Father’s heart, graciously forgive the incomprehensible. How could we not forgive today?

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil…When we follow   Your leading, we are delivered from the clutches of the dark and into the wide open spaces of light.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ always, only, utterly Yours. Amen. So be it.

A beautiful amplification of Our Lord’s Prayer.

Trust God for your day, ….Today