Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Lord's Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer: An Adaptation

Our God who is in heaven
and in all of us here on earth
the hungry, the oppressed, the excluded.
Holy is your name.

May your reign come and your
will be done
in our choice to struggle with the complexities
of this world and to confront greed and
the desire for power in ourselves,
in our nation and in the global community.

Give us this day our daily bread;
bread that we are called to share,
bread that you have given us abundantly
and that we must distribute fairly,
ensuring security for all.

Forgive us our trespasses;
times we have turned away from
the struggles of other people and countries,
times we have thought only of our own security.

Lead us not into temptation;
the temptation to close our minds, ears, and eyes
to the unfair global systems that create
larger and larger gaps between
the rich and the poor; the temptation to think
it is too difficult to bring about more just alternatives.

Deliver us from evil;
the evil of a world where violence happens
in your name, where wealth for a few
is more important than economic rights for all,
where gates and barriers between people
are so hard to bring down.

May your reign come, for yours is the kingdom,
the power and the glory forever and ever.

This prayer is from:
Center of Concern

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