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Topic: START (02/25/16)
- TITLE: Our Father Which/Who Art
By Judith Gayle Smith
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(Confessions of a stuttering mind)
"Our Father Which art,"
(which is it? Who or Which?)
"Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed,"
(thoughts immediately jump to "Harold" sounding like "hallowed" - funny little kid's delightful mispronunciation)
"Our Father, Which is in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Come,"
(what's that aggravating sound? Another nasty little mouse scritch-scratching in the dresser drawers? Should get a ferocious saber-toothed cat, with a patch covering one eye . . .)
"Our Father, Which/Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come,"
(oh boy, I can hardly wait. To sit at His nail-savaged Feet and just adore Him, ask Him all the questions in my aching heart . . .)
"Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts,"
(debts or trespasses? "As we forgive our debtors," debtors or trespassers? And dear Lord, it is so hard to forgive vicious people who deliberately hurt me. I'm only human. I know that I must learn to forgive - I cannot even forgive myself . . .)
"Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
(This isn't right - how and why would our Almighty Father God lead us into temptation? Translation error? I must check this out first thing in the morning . . .)
"Our Father Who/Which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the glory forever - amen." (whew . . .)
I better start over -too many interruptions that do not honor God. Why is it so hard to simply say the Lord's prayer through? This is so frustrating . . .
Beware of vain repetitions, advises me to myself. The Lord's Prayer is not a mantra, not a thing to slough through to get to the end. We are not told to pray this prayer word for word, but to pray in this wise/manner.
I have lived most of my Christian prayer life enslaved to this repetitive habit. Bright car lights flashing through my bedroom window, dancing across the walls interrupt me.
Sometimes I fall asleep in the middle of the prayer and feel guilty. I must wake up and
I live with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. Good reason/rationale/excuse? I think I like my Go Bible (like an MP3 player with earplugs echoing His thoughts into my scattered brain) - taking my whirligig thoughts to focus them on God's Holy Word - placating His and my desire for precious time with Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for stumbling through what should be wondrous time with You. Thank You for loving me enough to send Jesus to return me to You. I get confused and upset and forget Who I am talking/praying to. Please instill in me a quiet, less neurotic spirit to worship You in the glory You deserve . . .
Also, dear Lord - please forgive me for putting capitalization on all the words in the title of this article - only Your Name and Title should have that honor, but I am bound by English law to put caps on each word in the title, I think?
A blushingly too true story . . .
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