Standing With All The People of New Zealand

by Christine Sine

As we all grieve for our friends in New Zealand today in light of the terrible tragedy of violence and hate in Christchurch let us pray that hate will become love, fear will be turned to caring and violence become peace. My thought have turned to this wonderful prayer which I find myself praying this morning, not just for the people of New Zealand but for all of us who live in this world where fear and hate and violence seem to reign.

It is my favourite alternative rendition of the Lord’s prayer. It was written by Jim Cotter and has also been made into a meditation chanted by chanted by Ana Hernandez and Helena Marie, CHS.

Eternal Spirit — a video meditation from DioCal on Vimeo.

Many of us have rewritten this beautiful and most popular gospel prayer in language that suits our situation. It is a great exercise and one that I heartily recommend especially in a time like this when all who are followers of Christ need to show our solidarity with those outside the Christian faith.

There are many adaptations of the Lord’s Prayer that you

Here is a collection of some of my favourite interpretations

This adaptation is published by the Society of the Sacred Heart but no longer available but no longer available on their website.

I have also spent quite a bit of time reflected on the Lord’s prayer and writing my own prayers adapted from it. Here is one that I wrote a couple of years ago:

Our father, our mother
Not mine alone but stretching beyond family, race, class, and religion,
Reaching to everyone everywhere.

Our father, our mother
The One who has placed the divine image within all of us
Calls us by name and takes responsibility for all humanity as family,

Our father, our mother
The One who excludes none, is always loving and caring and embracing
and cannot do anything but the loving thing,

Hallowed be your name.
May we reverence in thought and word and deed your name, your character,
May we see as holy the very nature of who you are.

Your kingdom come,
Your new world of peace, justice, wholeness and abundance.
May it come because we seek it above all else,
And put it in our prayers where Jesus did, first in consideration and allegiance.

Your will be done,
Your will for the only way that life is meant to work,
Your will for abundance and generosity and peace to be revealed,
On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
Not bread for me alone but for everyone, your entire human family
Not bread for the rest of my life but for today,
For we know that when we seek first your kingdom,
all these things – food, clothing, all we need- shall be added,
As and when we need them.

And forgive us our sins,
Forgive us our desires for luxuries that make others do without necessities,
Forgive us our holding onto tomorrow’s bread that should be shared today.
Forgive us as we forgive others, not resenting what they have, who they are,
how you have gifted them,

Lead us not into temptation but away from evil,
Guide us, all of us, until evil is not longer a temptation for us.

For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
You still rule, now, in our world today,
You rule with kingdom power and kingdom glory.


Do you have other adaptations of the Lord’s prayer? Please share them in the comments below.

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sgtcrone March 16, 2019 - 7:10 am

For many weeks now I have been praying the Lord’s Prayer, often before I get out of bed, frequently mire than once in any given day. My heart leaps with what will be for me a remarkable resource. Thank you!!

Christine Sine March 16, 2019 - 9:22 am

Your welcome I am glad that it has made your heart leap.

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