This was read at the keynote session for Be The Change last week… its taken me a while to get it up, but was too good not to put on here.
I cannot say “OUR”
if my religion has no room for other people and their needs.
I cannot say “FATHER”
if I do not accept others as brothers and sisters in my daily life.
I cannot say “WHO ARE IN HEAVEN”
if all my interests and pursuits are earthly things.
I cannot say THY KINGDOM COME”
if my needs and wants and agenda always come first.
I cannot say “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN”
unless I am ready to give myself to God’s way here and now.
I cannot say “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD”
if I ignore the needs of my brothers and sisters.
I cannot say “FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS”
if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone or refuse to forgive them.
I cannot say “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION”
if I choose to remain in situations where I am tempted.
I cannot say “DELIVER US FROM EVIL”
if I am not prepared to fight against evil in m life and injustices in the lives of my sisters and brothers.
I cannot say “THINE IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, AND THE GLORY”
if my way of life does not reflect God’s way and I seek my own power and glory first.
I cannot say “AMEN”
unless I can honestly say also, “cost what it may, this is my prayer. Let it be so.”