Praying in My Own Words

For years I have found meaning in praying the Psalms. They seem to express everything from joy to lament, so I don’t have to find the words.  But recently I’ve found myself drawn to composing prayers, in particular to re-phrase the Our Father.  I wanted simpler, less masculine language.  After several months of tweaking, I think I’m satisfied with the version below. (“Adonai” is a Hebrew word meaning “Lord” which seems genderless to me.)

Adonai,  God high above, all around, deep within.
Holy is your name.
Yearning for your kingdom, we listen for your voice.
Sustain our life. Forgive our sins.
Teach us to love and forgive one another as you do.
Lead us onto right paths; protect us from evil.
For you are the source of all life; all creation belongs to you.  Amen.

Photo by Chris230 via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

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4 Responses to Praying in My Own Words

  1. Liz says:

    Peg, I loooove this!

    Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Oh, Peg, hooray for you. Even better than reading and affirming the re-wording of another, is the gift of forging your own heart-words. Praying in your own words, indeed!!

  3. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Peg Conway says:

    Thanks!! Affirming words from others are a definite blessing.

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