After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”(Matthew 6:9-15 KJV)
Finding the right words or verse to reflect on what happened six days ago in Boston was difficult–knowing what I saw and what I experienced could not be consolidated into words. However it was not until I visited the memorial site, of where it all began, that I began to recite the Lord’s Prayer.
I’ve recited it so many times, ever since I was a little child, that it has become a memory chip. I knew the words, and I knew what it meant, but I would never be cognizant of these words:
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us of our trespasses. As we forgive those who have trespassed against us, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
This literally swept me off my feet, when I recited this line, because of what happened that day.
How can I forgive those two men after what they have done to those innocent men, women and children? It was hard to fathom but then I asked myself, “why am I reciting The Lords Prayer?”
I was reciting The Lords Prayer to deliver the world from evil; to have mercy on us; and for peace. However, what I did not know was that in order to receive these requests, (to deliver the world from evil) I must forgive those who have trespassed against me or the Father will not forgive me of my trespasses against Him–or deliver me from evil.
If we want change then we must be the change. But if we want peace, then we must be the peace–WE MUST BE THE PEACE, IF WE WANT TO SEE PEACE
The Lords Prayer is perhaps the oldest prayer in the world and it took me yesterday to realize its true importance.
So this week’s spiritual lesson is to forgive others, regardless of the circumstances. And more importantly we must be THE PEACE if we want to see PEACE in this dark world. Let us forgive and practice peace for it is in The Lords Prayer.
My prayers and thoughts still goes out to the victims who were affected by this tragedy.
- Weekly Political Report: My First Person Narrative of the Boston Marathon Bombing (princesdailyjournal.com)
- Inside Story: Boston Marathon Bombing from a Marathon Runner’s Words (princesdailyjournal.com)