This morning in our hospice meeting I read a version of The Lord's Prayer, revised by and for the Anglican Church of New Zealand and Polynesia, to include the beautiful Earth-based spirituality of the Maori and Pacific Islanders.
While the prayer does not exactly speak to Atheists, it may warm the hearts of folks who's spirituality meanders a bit beyond the boundaries of traditional Christianity.
Here, you can read it:
The New Zealand Anglican Lord's Prayer
Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father or Mother or Source of us all,
Loving God or Beingness, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all existing beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and be with us on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we offer to or 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 harmful, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and for ever.
- The New Zealand Book of Prayer | He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa
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Rev. Maya Massar