Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It is in Heaven

As we talked about regarding cadence, when you hear the Our Father, this sounds like two different lines. It's even punctuated with a comma between the two parts sometimes. But it's clearly one idea.

And that idea is again another form of what we've already talked about -- thy kingdom come. And come here: this isn't about us going to Heaven; it's about the transformation of our world.

What makes this version unique is its humility. This is the prayer in which we place our trust in God's will. We know we want the kingdom to come, but honestly, on a deeper level we don't even know what that means for us, let alone what it looks like. We might have a sense of what we want it to look like, but whether that's really what's best for us, let alone everyone, is a whole different story. There's an old saying-- when God wants to teach people a lesson, He just gives them what they want. How true it is...

For me, this is the line that resonates with the posture of many people during the Our Father -- hands open, willing to receive. Or if not having exactly that openness -- I'd like the kingdom, but I'd also like to eat 3 Big Macs a day and not gain weight -- at least having the desire for the desire.

It's a start.

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