The Matter with Things
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The Lord's Prayer
The Lord's Prayer
Some time ago on the old forum I posted a brief suggestion that TMWT had opened up my understanding of the Lord’s prayer and that I would post about it later. So, here’s my belated follow-through.
All the caveats about language reducing meaning, of losing the very subject you’re trying to discuss when that subject is ineffable…. etc.
Have just typed it out for the first time, I suppose it’s simply a meditation on the Lord’s Prayer.
I don’t claim to be a theologian, and recognize I’m quite likely dicing and mixing contested categories in a punk rock, DIY way.
If it is helpful in any way to anyone, I’m glad.
Our Father who art in heaven,
[The panentheistic animating creator, who dwells in the mystery beyond and mystery within. Heaven as the mystery which stretches from the exuberant present of creation to the unknowable boundlessness of God]
hallowed be thy name.
[The ineffable and unnamable source of all that was, is and will be created, The animating spirit that dwells within the very heart of every manifestation, including the heart of humankind. The unnamable mystery within us and in the darkness that surrounds us.]
They kingdom come.
[The kingdom of creation, ever-presenting itself anew. The dominion of God etched in all that is, was and will be.]
Thy will be done
[The exuberant unfolding of diverse worlds, in reverence. Worlds and their occupants being what they are made to be, discovering and shaping the gift of manifestation in reverence to the Father.]
on earth as it is in heaven.
[That earth is but a microcosm of God’s Heaven, which stretches from the center of all things to the inconceivable darkness that surrounds and contains creation. Where God’s will shall be done and at the end of the day, or a civilization, ‘God shall not be mocked’.]
Give us this day our daily bread,
[Let this majesty of God’s evolving creation in the here and now feed us. Let each day, which marks a literal and potential passage from darkness to light, from sleep to wakefulness, from ignorance to wisdom, become this food which sustains us because “man cannot live on bread alone.” That we may read and so feed our hunger for wisdom in the book of Nature, which is to say our immediate relationship to creation.]
and forgive us our trespasses,
[Forgive us when we do not see the majesty of creation, when we fail to recognize the spirit of the Father within us and around all that is, was, and will be. For in this failure to see, we act against creation, mistake ourselves for masters and treat what is miraculous and beautiful as banal and subservient.]
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
[Likewise forgive those whose failure to see the majesty of creation, who fail to recognize the spirit of the Father within us and around all that is, leads them to treat us, our kin and our world as objects without purpose, inherent value, and the God-given sovereignty to become what we are.]
and lead us not into temptation,
[Lead us toward reverence for creation and away from the door to meaninglessness and banality.]
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[Deliver us from they way of life beyond the threshold of meaninglessness and banality, where justifications for evil, life against creation, dwell]
For the kingdom and the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.