For any and all of you: Below is a PDF of “A simple form of prayer, plus the Lord’s prayer” which I created for our Intergenerational Family Night at church. You can print it on both sides of a legal sheet of paper, and cut it into 10 cards.
A simple form of prayer:
Tell God what you are thankful for.
Tell God what you want. (Even if you don’t expect God to give you whatever you want, it’s good to confess our needs and desires.)
The Gospel of Matthew 6:9-13: [From the Common English Bible translation]
Pray like this:
Our Father, who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name.
Bring in your kingdom, so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. [Amen.]
Access the PDF here: A simple form of prayer – plus the Lord’s prayer
From “The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology” by Bruce Malina.
I recommend watching the entire video, particularly given Jon Oliver’s response. He says he can have a personal relationship with the Jesus about whom Reza Aslan writes, more than he can relate to the “Christ of faith.” If ‘secular’ folks like Oliver can be so attracted to the historical Jesus, it’s the church’s job to bridge the gap between this historical figure and our religious lives today. Many people who don’t go to church are quite interested in Jesus, but they don’t see churches applying the teachings of Jesus to our personal and social lives. We have work to be done.
So much beauty in the crafts David Rakoff would make for his friends.
It is an inspiration. Visit the blog and wonder.
Davids Denim, Wallets, Linocuts, &c..
One of my favorite writers, David Rakoff, has died. I don’t know of another writer whose essays are so wonderfully read by his own tongue. Here is his performance from the most recent “This American Life” live show, which Kathleen and I were able to see, live-streamed to Jackson.
I am very sad. I selfishly wanted him to live longer, to write more books, to please my ear and mind and heart. Dear David, I love your words and stories, and I thank you.
David Rakoff in “This American Life: The Invisible Made Visible” – YouTube.