Friday, February 4, 2011

Lord's Prayer

Sir William Osler

In 1913 Sir William Osler, one of the great physicians of his day, told the students at Yale University: "Begin the day with Christ and His prayer- you need no other. Creedless, with it you have religion; creed-stuffed, it will leaven any theological dough in which you stick. Learn to know your Bible...In forming character and in shaping conduct its touch has still its ancient power."

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.
Matthew 6: 9-13

I have been reading from Lamsa's translation of the Bible from the ancient eastern text in Aramaic, and I really like the way it reads here: "And do not let us enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil." This seems to be the proper thought, to me...

"The Lord's Prayer
contains the sum total
of religion
and morals."
-  Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley,
1st Duke of Wellington
Sooooo...I wonder what the students at Yale University are being told TODAY...

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