Lent with the Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Matthew 6:9As you begin to pray today, follow the simple rhythm of your breath as it flows in and out. Allow the rhythm of your breath to calm the rumble of your thoughts. Let the worries flow out of you on your out breath and let the peace of the Holy enter you as you breathe in.
As you begin to pray, begin with the single word our. Let this our flow through you. Imagine who is part of your our. Imagine them in the room with you. Who is your our? Imagine this our circled around you, being surrounded by this company of loved ones.
As you continue to breathe in and out, there is no need to hurry. Speak from your heart, your secret worries; speak our prayer to our God. Pray for those you imagined in your circle asking God for their comfort, healing and care. Pray today for those who are suffering from violence. Pray for those facing earthquakes and tsunami, especially the people of Japan, Hawaii, and the West Coast of the US, pray for those here in Wisconsin and across the country: for workers, teachers, fire fighters, police officers, and state officials send the peace you are resting in to them speaking the word our.
As you end this time read Psalm 104 …
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 6 The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him. 14 For he knows how we were made; he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; 16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. 17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, 18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. 19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word. 21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will. 22 Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Pray the Lord's Prayer in the language of your heart.
Thank you to Wayne Muller for the basis of this meditation from his book Learning to Pray.