Those of you who have been reading my blog for any length of time know that I enjoy modern-day retellings of scripture a great deal. Some of those I’ve liked writing the most are here:
- i’ll have the fruits of repentance — no, the sushi
- fellowship of the modern-day believers
- everything is permissible (even beer and ribs?)
- the God behind tinted windows
- the smart, young m.div. candidate
But today I want to share with you a paraphrase which is not my own. This is Dallas Willard’s restatement of the Lord’s Prayer:
Dear Father always near us,
may your name be treasured and loved,
may your rule be completed in us —
may your will be done here on earth in
just the way it is done in heaven.
Give us today the things we need today,
and forgive us our sins and impositions on you
as we are forgiving all who in any way offend us.
Please don’t put us through trials,
but deliver us from everything bad.
Because you are the one in charge,
and you have all the power, and the glory, too, is all yours forever —
which is just the way we want it!