Last night I attended a meeting at which the organizer used this beautiful rendition of the Lord’s prayer from the New Zealand Prayer book.
Earth-Maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all.
Loving God, in whom is heaven.
The hallowing of your name echoes through
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples
of the earth!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever.
That send me hunting for other versions of the Lord’s prayer on the web intending to upload some of them here. Not surprisingly the work has already been done for me. There are many collections of alternative translations of the Lord’s prayer available, many of them well worth reading and meditating on.
Here is one of the best collections I found.
MARK BERRY – EMERGING CHURCH MOVEMENT
O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere! Release a space to plant your Presence here. Imagine your possibilities now. Embody your desire in every light and form. Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom. Untie the knots of failure binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults. Help us not forget our Source, Yet free us from not being in the Present. From you arises every Vision, Power and Song from gathering to gathering. Amen – May our future actions grow from here!