I had promised I'd offer different versions of "The Lord's Prayer." This prayer really comes about because the followers of Jesus ask, "How should we pray?"
This is a frequent question in detention. The youth do not feel confident that their own prayers are good enough. Really, it is because they are not confident that they, themselves, are good enough. That's sad.
In the Lord's Prayer, it basically covers:
- addressing the divine with honor and respect
- request for compassion
- request for sustenance
- request for forgiveness
- request for saving or safety
A long time ago, I learned this trick in prayer:
A - Adoration
C - Confession
T - Thanksgiving
S - Supplication
That is, if we rearranged and stretched the meaning a little big, basically what the Lord's Prayer is trying to teach us. But essentially, I think all the formulas are wrong. Prayer is simply a conversation in which an opening of a liminal space occurs where your soulspace encounters the larger soulspace. This can happen in almost any way. Through music, play, art, meditation, prayer, writing, etc.
Enough of my puny thoughts! Onward to a new version of the Lord's Prayer: A Blogger's Prayer by Andrew Jones
ANDREW JONES: A BLOGGER'S PRAYER
who lives above and beyond the dimension of the internet
Give us this day a life worth blogging,
The access to words and images that express
our journey with passion and integrity,
And a secure connection to publish your daily mercies.
Your Kingdom come into new spaces today,
As we make known your mysteries,
Posting by posting,
Blog by blog.
Give this day,
The same ability to those less privileged,
Whose lives speak louder than ours,
Whose sacrifice is greater,
Whose stories will last longer.
Forgive us our sins,
For blog-rolling strangers and pretending they are friends,
For counting unique visitors but not noticing unique people,
For delighting in the thousands of hits but ignoring the ONE who returns,
For luring viewers but sending them away empty handed,
For updating daily but repenting weekly.
As we forgive those who trespass on our sites to appropriate our thoughts without reference,
Our images without approval,
Our ideas without linking back to us.
Lead us not into the temptation to sell out our congregation,
To see people as links and not as lives,
To make our blogs look better than our actual story.
But deliver us from the evil of pimping ourselves instead of pointing to you,
From turning our guests into consumers of someone else's products,
From infatuation over the toys of technology,
From idolatry over techology
From fame before our time has come.
For Yours is the power to guide the destinies behind the web logs,
To bring hurting people into the sanctuaries of our sites,
To give us the stickiness to follow you, no matter who is watching or reading.
Yours is the glory that makes people second look our sites and our lives,
Yours is the heavy ambience,
For ever and ever,