I ask that question because I remember when I was at junior school and certainly during the first couple of years at secondary school we said The Lord’s Prayer every day during assembly. Although I am sure like many I only learned to say The Lord’s Prayer parrot fashioned rather than really taking to heart the words, well I was young and more interested in playing marbles at the time.
But the other morning I found myself not just saying The Lord’s Prayer but also contemplating the words. Truthfully it had been too many years since I had last said it and forgot the exact words of one line. But that contemplating of the words led to me digging in to them deeper as I found myself thinking about them over and over again, kind of like having the most beautiful prayer ear worm. So this post is simply how The Lord’s Prayer has ended up speaking to me and what I learned as I delved deeper.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
We all have our routines from the way we wash to the way we prepare a meal. But I have a routine which I wouldn’t be surprised if it causes God to shake his head in bemusement and say hear we go again. It is a routine which comes from when there is some thing on my mind which I can’t shake and which begins to disrupt my day.
So it starts with a thought; now it may be a situation in my life surrounding some thing I have been asked to do, it may be some thing to do with my own psyche as I deal with issues of self-esteem and it may be some thing which I think might happen even though it probably won’t. But as it starts I find myself unable to focus on what I was planning on doing, be it trying to study my Bible, writing a movie review or preparing social media posts. And of course that struggle to stay focused leads to frustration and often a session of walking around, staring out of the window and generally trying to do some thing to take my mind off of what ever it is which is bugging me, trust me food does not help this matter. Continue reading
I love to pray; not something I would have said last year but since rediscovering my faith I realise how much I like to pray. Before I get out of bed in the morning I thank the Lord for the night’s sleep and the bed I have slept in whilst amongst other things asking him to bless my day ahead. I will pray before I do my morning bible study as well as after, I will pray as I walk along the street thanking God for the beauty of his creation. I will pray for the safety of a car driver who goes speeding down the road as well as those he speeds past. I will pretty much pray about anything and anyone and that includes prayers for myself from asking for restored health and finances to patience so that I will not be disheartened when something I would like to happen sooner rather than later doesn’t happen.
And I encourage others to pray as much as they can because it really changes your attitude when you try to be in conversation with God at all times. And don’t worry about wasting his time with what you might think are insignificant worries or prayers as God knows our hearts and he wants us to talk to him, he cares. Continue reading
Do you ever have one of those days where you just feel great sadness for the way the World is going and that sadness feels like your soul is under a physical attack. This happened to me whilst I was preparing to launch the Slanting-N and it helped to spur me on to start this blog. It started on a Wednesday as I walked home from a trip to town and there was a group of teenage girls walking near me on their way to school and every other word they said was a swear word and I just wanted to turn around to them and say something but I didn’t. Instead I wondered whether they spoke like that at home and whether schools had changed so much that swearing had become common place in the classroom. Don’t get me wrong as I remember acting big and swearing when I was a teenager but this felt different, this sadly flowed in such a natural way that I imagine that they might struggle to hold a conversation without swearing.