There is something about my kids stuff. I find it really hard to clear it out. When we moved to Finland, sorting out the stuff to go to the charity shop was really, really hard. The small plastic yellow chair with the smiley face in the back? Had to get a friend to take it away for me! Continue reading
It’s hard to figure out sometimes what is going on when we enter spiritually dry seasons in our lives. Calling this arid, dusty spiritual time a “Desert Experience” makes it seem somehow noble and worthwhile, almost heroic. For those going through the desert, it can be an intensely lonely time and desperate time. Continue reading
I had a small revelation reading the weekly church bulletin this week. It contained the usual notices you would expect along with the spoilers for the Christmas story. Continue reading
Protect us from evil.
This line is translated a few ways
NIV: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
GNT: Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One
CEV: Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil
I’ve put several translations here so you get a feel of what Jesus was saying in his mother-tongue. Continue reading
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Forgive us when we screw up. When we hurt ourselves and those around us, by accident, on purpose. Just like when we forgive those who screw up and hurt us, by accident, on purpose. Continue reading
Our daily bread
I’ve always prayed this prayer in a straight through manner to get to this line. This is the good bit. It’s the Father Christmas line. Give us the good stuff, today, now. Continue reading
Your will be done
So, thanks for coming back for more. In the last post I tried to figure out what the first couple of lines of the Lord’s Prayer mean to me. I tried to get my head around the idea of being able to call a Holy God, Father. The next couple of lines that I want to think about now are about God’s Kingdom being on earth in the same way as it is in heaven. Continue reading