The Lord’s Prayer: An Interpretation

Dear One, closer to us than our own hearts, farther from us than the most distant star, you are beyond naming.

May your powerful presence become obvious not only in the undeniable glory of the sky, but also in the seemingly base and common processes of the earth.

Give us what we need, day by day, to keep body and soul together, because clever as you have made us, we still owe our existence to you.

We recognize that to be reconciled with you, we must live peaceably and justly with other human beings, putting hate and bitterness behind us.

We are torn between our faith in your goodness and our awareness of the evil in your creation, so deliver us from the temptation to despair.

Yours alone is the universe and all its majesty and beauty.

So it is, Amen.


Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 1: Teachings of Jesus. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Practice and Prayers.

Review & Commentary

  • Newton Finn

    Quite lovely. I would make only one modification, ala Schweitzer: “…we must live peaceably and justly with all human beings, putting hate and bitterness behind us” and live in reverence for life.

  • Ann McCormick

    I’m never going to get the god thing, as hard as I try, because I just don’t see the point in any of this, this thing called living. It’s nothing but pain and suffering and disappointment and loss and terror and horrors sprinkled with the occasional fleeting moment of joy or happiness or contentment. If there is a god, I hate him for putting everyone through this to suffer and watch the suffering of others. So, it’s more comforting to not believe in a god than to believe in a god who set us all up. I wish he had left me out of it. Nonexistence is much more preferable. If I had never existed, I’d never know the difference and that would be so wonderful. And I know the number argument is that god doesn’t cause these horrible things, people do. But, really? That’s no argument. If you had a plan that you knew was going to be an unmitigated disaster, would you still pursue it? Only if you are a narcissist who has something to gain from it. It’s all such a crock.

    • Blissful Seeker

      i understand… And, your reality is what you attend to. So might I suggest you look around and find the things in your life and this universe that are worthy of gratitude? The way this earth provides, the laughter from a baby, the lick from a puppy, the simple acts of kindness. How about finding ways in which you can bring joy to others? It doesn’t really matter if there is a god or not, there is a spark in each of us that is light energy and can spread with it is shared with others. Think of how blessed you are compared to some. Are there ways in which you can alleviate the suffering of others, even in small ways? A smile to a stranger, a gift to a neighbor, a letter to an old friend, a phone call to a family member?

      • Ann McCormick

        I’m not saying I’m not grateful for the few nuggets. I just don’t get the point of it all. What’s the end game? What’s the point? You can’t answer that. No one can. They can guess, they can point point to a holy book, any holy book, pick a holy book, but no one will ever be able to answer that question.