An Alternate Prayer of Jesus

  • This alternative version of the Lord's Prayer, found in Voices United (p. 916) resonates with me, as it speaks more to my Indigenous ancestry:


    Eternal Spirit,

    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 echo

         through the universe!

    The way of your justice be followed

         by peoples of the world!

    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, strengthen us.

    From trials too great to endure, 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 for ever. Amen.


    © 1988 Jim Cotter