The Our Father, Word by Word – a roundup of posts!

When I wrote the first post for this series back in March, I thought I’d have it wrapped up by the end of Lent. I would have never guessed that the final post wouldn’t be up until almost December! Keeping up with the project required more work than I expected, but it was so much fun. In particular, I loved hearing everyone else’s thoughts. The guest posters were constantly coming up with fresh insights I would have never thought of, leading me to see this prayer in a whole new light. And so, nine months, 40 posts and 26 contributors... Read More

EVIL (The Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against Us. Lead Us Not Into Temptation But Deliver Us From Evil. .  by Betty Duffy Evil’s the last word. And it would be nice if we never had to think about it. But we’re human, and we have original sin, so evil will always be a concern to Christians. It will always be a concern, because evil is…interesting. When... Read More

FROM (Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against Us. Lead Us Not Into Temptation But Deliver Us From… . When I come to this word, I notice not so much the word itself, but the words that aren’t there. Notice that there is nothing between the words from and evil. It’s not “deliver us from stuff that is evil,” or “deliver us from situations... Read More

DELIVER (The Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against Us. Lead Us Not Into Temptation But Deliver… . by Dan Lord When you say “deliver” I think: the large, meaty organ that filters the blood, right next to degallbladder and depancreas. I also think of Prince of Egypt, and all of those emaciated Hebrews churning mud and singing “Deliver us to the Promised... Read More

BUT (The Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against Us. Lead Us Not IntoTemptation But… . I almost skipped this word. It’s just a conjunction! I thought. Is there really anything to say about it? But then I noticed something. The but in the English translation of the Our Father actually serves an important purpose: It conjoins two thoughts that might otherwise seem... Read More

TEMPTATION (The Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against Us. Lead Us Not Into Temptation… . by Stacy Trasancos The adult-only, clothing-optional Temptation Resort and Spa in Cancun “dares” you to be tempted and “promises” to deliver the “romantic side of temptation” in the “seductive, luxurious and delicious entertainment” one can find... Read More

INTO (Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against Us. Lead Us Not Into… . Before I was Catholic, I’d never heard the term “near occasion of sin.” In fact, the entire concept was a new one to me. The atheistic worldview to which I subscribed had a complicated relationship with the concept of sin. We rejected the entire concept of sin, since it smacked... Read More

NOT (The Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against Us. Lead Us Not…. by Martina Kreitzer Rules. Who needs them anyway, right? As adults, we have the freedom to say “yes” or “no” because “Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules!” It’s the ongoing battle of the intellect vs. the will. We know subconsciously {or maybe... Read More

LEAD (Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against Us. Lead…. by Sally Thomas Lead us not into temptation? For years this has struck me as a strange request to make of God, in the prayer at the heart of all our prayer. Syntactically speaking, in English at any rate, we ask God to lead us, even as we ask him not to lead us there. I don’t know how the jazzier modern... Read More

AGAINST (The Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against…. .  “But what if someone wants you to kill them and eat them?” my friend asked. I think that that was the moment I realized I was no longer a liberal atheist. My husband and I were at a dinner party shortly after we got married, and someone brought up a recent news story about a man in Europe who had been... Read More

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