Lenten Challenge #19

No Trespassing

Here’s an interesting question to ask at parties: “Did you grow up saying ‘debts,’ ‘trespasses,’ or ‘sins’?” The question is rooted in the Lord’s Prayer where different Christian traditions translate the Greek in different ways.

Your Challenge for today is simply to meditate on the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Yes, you say it every Sunday, but how often do you read it slowly and reflectively. As we near the end of Lent, take this prayer which we too often take for granted and just pray it.

Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

For an excellent discussion of debts-trespasses-sins, I recommend this article.

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