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Meditation — October 5, 2016

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Scripture: Now it happened that he was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished one of the disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, this is what to say: ‘May your name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread, forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.’” Luke 11:1-4

 

Prayer: I am experiencing a morning when I am having difficulty getting moving—though I did walk to the beach and view the raucous ocean swirling in the wind. And then I selected what it an all too familiar scripture verses, but found that reflecting on the translation found in my New Jerusalem Bible, I did not slide over the words from the memory; instead, I paused as if reading the verses for the first time. Incidentally, the bible was a gift to me from my old (he is 90 years old) mentor.

 

Response: Yes, let the words in fresh translation, bring you to the place just as Jesus was finished praying; hear the request of one of the disciples. Hear as if for the time, May  your name be holy—resounding within you and among loved ones, and spread throughout communities, especially those suffering.

 

In addition to praying for your daily needs, see how prominent are the words and sentiment—forgive us our sins. Don’t these words give you pause? Instead of asking, ”Who me?,” –you are directed to beg forgiveness for your transgressions—not someone else’s; and almost in the same breath the Lord goes further that you are to forgive each one who is in debt to us.

 

But then, we are also to pray that we will not be put to the test, at least a test that it is a foregone conclusion that you will not pass. Yes, you are asked to pray for the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness, and release His love that resides within you to those around you. So much is contained in just those few words of scripture. Praise God!

 

All for this morning.

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