The Lord’s Prayer. What a simply beautiful and beautifully simple prayer.
This is part of a series of entries, and as in those prior (and the two to come), my hope is that you may join me to just sit, soak and soar together, and knit our hearts closer and closer to our most wonderful Gardener.
Papa, you are so extravagantly generous! Please give us today what we need for today, and keep us from missing the glory that is this day! And thank you Father! I just know deep in my innermosts that Your storehouses are simply overflowing with Your loving and lavish abundance, and that You delight to fulfill all Your promises of provision for every one of us – and then even favour us even more! Oh Papa, You just so delight in us! Help us to claim everything that You have promised us, and that Your Son, our Saviour, has opened the way to! Abba, You know our every need even before we even think to ask! You know too what we don’t need, so please keep it away from us, keep it far from harming the goal of your fulfillment for each of us.
Abba, You bless us so much! You bless us with what we see, what we cannot see, what we have yet to see, and with what we have come to take for granted! Oh Papa! I don’t ever want to take Your Love, Your goodness and kindness – your Heart – for granted!
You are the Father of extraordinary, beyond-imagination abundance. You are King of all there every was, is, and ever will be. You are Eminent and Excellence, worthy of all our respect and honour; the most elevated Monarch. Yet, your fierceness is protective; your jealousy safeguarding. I know that you look tenderly upon me as I dare to bound up in your lap, to dare to touch your throne of Grace. I am your child. I am welcome in your Throne Room at any time. Papa, I want it to always be in a posture of joyful awe and reverence! I know that I can dare to ask you to provide for me and all Your children everything we could possibly need for this day, and you will – everything inwardly and outwardly. You will – for our spirits and souls, and minds and hearts and bodies, for each of us uniquely, and for all of us, for the greater and greatest Good. For you, Father, are in your very nature are just so Good.
Thank you, Papa. Thank you so much.
Soil and Seed
The Lord’s Prayer. What a simply beautiful and beautifully simple prayer. I’ve been studying it, allowing myself to sink deeper and deeper into the power of its every word strung together like fine jewels.
(Last week and) for the next series of entries, I want to open up the treasure that is this little prayer, and deposit my humble words of awe and tribute. My hope is that you may join me to just sit, soak and soar together, and knit our hearts closer and closer to our most wonderful Gardener.
Oh Father! Make Your most splendid Kingdom’s way to come and replace all our little ‘kingdoms’: all our idols and rules and benchmarks and self-absorbed and self-serving models; all our yardsticks of performance and expectations that we create in our own name and our own image. Bring them under Your rule, Abba.
Make Your impeccable way to come in and soak and overtake my heart, overtake all our hearts and minds and spirits and souls and bodies. Break up all the innocuous, all the hefty destructive patterns within us and around us, and keep us sensitive, mindful, wise and avoidant of their ploys, plying and schemes, of their cloaked lures.
Make Your most perfect desire and will to come in and define me Papa, in this family, in this home, on this street, in this community and city and country, in this global family. Make it to come in all our places of work and rest and play – in every corner of our minds and in every drop of our days. Make Your strength to bring Your fullness and complete health to all of us in our spirits and so our bodies. Make us as beacons that sing, shine and cast the warmth of your light far and wide! Oh Father, empower us so we may we have the courage and strength to stand, and to stand victorious against the ways of this world; to kneel before You when we find it hard to stand; to be humble and mannered as is becoming children of the loving King, and act in grace as we live, and lead by our living. May we rightly tend all Your Creation – this beautiful earth and all upon it – so the glory of Your heavenly will be done here on this spectacular sparkling globe!
Yes, help us Papa, to think and act smack-dab in the breeze and flow of Your will, Your will for the very best-ever for us that is beyond our wildest imaginations of utter fulfillment. Help us, help our spirits to partner with your Spirit – your very Heart that is connected to our own innermosts. Help us to break free of worldly constraints, to resist them with growing ease by Your strength suffused in us, and follow only You! Make us Your hands and feet and lips and hearts so that we may be Your messengers; messengers that live out the Truth of your Love that sweeps up this world and sets it ablaze with yearning and passion for You.
Oh yes, Father! Make Your Kingdom to come to rule in the place of all our kingdoms, and make Your will to be done in all ways – always!
Soil and Seed
The Lord’s Prayer. What a simply beautiful and beautifully simple prayer. I’ve been studying it these last couple of days, allowing myself to sink deeper and deeper into the power of its every word strung together like fine jewels. As I’ve lost myself to its beauty, I have found myself that much closer to the very Father we pray to.
For the next series of entries, I want to open up the treasure that is this little prayer, and deposit my humble words of awe and tribute. My hope is that you may join me to just sit, soak and soar together, and knit our hearts closer and closer to our most wonderful Gardener.
Oh Father, our Father! How immensely loving, and tender and great You are! How you provider, how you gently guide and tenderly heal, how you tend and comfort and fiercely guard and patiently teach! Oh Father! You are King of all there was and is and will ever be! We are so dear to you – you love us soooo much! You cheer us on, you comfort us, you keep us close! You are this close to us! Our deep cries out to your deep Father! Oh Papa! How I ache and burst for your extraordinary beauty and majesty! How carefully and wonderfully you keep and compassionately restore my heart and soul and mind, and affectionately re-pair my spirit to yours! Oh Father, you are all we need!
How wonderful! How magnificent! You are in every layer of the heavens: I breathe your Presence in and out! You surround me as I move about this day you’ve created! Your breathtaking and graceful celestial body and realm gently envelopes and touches our own in this very space and time, and in all time and every space and realm. What great mystery! My mind barely begins to grasp it! Truly, you are the greatest Name above all names!
Oh Papa! There is none a more utterly ravishing and great and Beautiful Name! You are in every iota of glory that is Creation, your finely planned and shaped Creation – Your Heart and Character and artistry is exposed with such joy, such lavish Love – and for all to see! Your glorious Heart is found in the minutia and great, and in everything in between! We hear it in the Opus of the bird’s pip and peep and flap of wing. We see it laced into the sparkling of imagination and amplified in the inspiration of artistry. We breathe it in the fragrance and behold it in the reach of the majestic tree, and touch it in the cool of the humble blade of grass. Your Loving attention is knit into the regalness of the snow-capped mountain peak, and your tender detail in the delicate corner of the snowflake. Your glory is fused in the purity of each dewy drop of rain, and splashed across the sky in the stunning starry vastnesses we have yet to discover. It’s woven seamlessly into the loveliness and detail of each spirit within all humankind – and our spirit connects with yours!
Oh my Father – what a devoted Father you are! You are the most Holiest of all holies! Truly, Papa: we give you all worship and honor and all our devotion and loyalty! Just to say your Name – oh! there is none more blessed, more cherished, more divine, more exquisite!
Let your Name be kept sacred in all our thoughts and actions today; let its treasure be reflected in all our behaviours and loved more than any other name! Let it be held in the highest of highest regard among your vast and most magnificently remarkable Creation!
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'”
(Matthew 6: 9-13, New International Version)
Soil and Seed