Thy Will be Done

If the phrase “Thy kingdom come” is a bit tricky to tease meaning out of, “Thy will be done” is on the other end of the spectrum. In fact “They will be done” could easily be a catch phrase, a motto, an aphorism. There is nothing unclear about asking for the creator’s desires, plan, will, to be done in ones life.

At its root is the idea of yielding to submissison. Thy-meaning the creator-is the one to whose will we are submitting. But note a second component: trust.  We trust in this entity enough to hand over our future experiences.

“I trust you to sustain me, grow me, recreate me, lead me, encourage me, show me. I will exhibit a life of faith now by letting go…

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Published in: on April 25, 2009 at 11:11 am  Comments Off on Thy Will be Done  
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Thy Kingdom Come

Here is another phrase we blithely recite as if it makes sense to us. But stop for a moment and think of these words outside of this prayer. Nowhere else would we say something like “Your kingdom come.” There is no subject/verb agreement. It’s not like “Your kingdom came,” or “We want your kingdom to come.” By themselves, the words really make little sense (if we read them just as they are.)

If we step back and look at what we think it means, however, we realize we must do some internal editing. What we see is “Thy kingdom come.” What we hear in our heads is “Your kingdom has come,” or “Your kingdom, having come,” or even “Come, kingdom.”

The bottom line is that the kingdom, with the presence of Jesus (the one speaking the words that day) had come, and things were about to change forever.

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Published in: on April 24, 2009 at 7:53 am  Comments Off on Thy Kingdom Come  
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Hallowed be Thy Name

Years ago I became interested, like many other believers, in the original languages used to record the stories in the Bible.  Sometimes the original languages can be more colorful than our occasionally terse translation. One of the most surprising words I searched was  holy. It comes from an old Hebrew word that means other.

To say something is holy is to say it is special, set apart from the rest, unique. Of course these terms barely scratch the surface of the attributes of God, but it drives home a point I tried to make earlier: God is not like us–God is different. We throw the word holy around as if we really know what it means, but we really don’t grasp how important it is to acknowledge our creator as so different that we should even consider the name itself as hallowed, reverenced, sacred.

To begin our prayers by calling God our father, creator, sustainer, and then admitting how different that creator sustainer is, puts us in the right frame of mind to believe with the kind of faith it takes to recieve. We are not rewarded for doubt, only for faith. And that faith best begins with our verbal confession of how special and “other” or God really is.

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Published in: on April 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm  Comments Off on Hallowed be Thy Name  
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