God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thy Kingdom Come

Lent with the Lord's Prayer

Thy Kingdom come. Matthew 6:10
As we enter into a times of prayer today in which we invite God’s kingdom to come, begin by singing Seek Ye First by Karen Lafferty

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
And His righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Allelu Alleluia
Man shall not live by bread alone
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God
Allelu Alleluia

Ask and it shall be given unto you
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you
Allelu Alleluia

As you pray today think first about those places where we thirst for the kingdom of God.
  • When we are lost, thy kingdom come.
  • When someone is sick, thy kingdom come.
  • When the bereft are grieving, thy kingdom come.
  • When we are frightened, thy kingdom come.
  • When we are lonely, thy kingdom come.
  • When we long for God to be close, to draw near, thy kingdom come.
  • When we cry out for comfort, we pray thy kingdom come.
Then turn your focus to be awakened to those places where the kingdom of God has drawn near and we have just not opened our eyes to see. Watch for the grace, the moments when God’s kingdom has broken through.

End by praying the Maori version of the Lord’s Prayer

Eternal Spirit,
Earth-Maker, Pain-Bearer, Life-Giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven;
May your sacred name echo through the universe,
The way of your justice be followed
by the peoples of the world,
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings,
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever.
Amen

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