Image : Tennabrae” 2004,Erica Grimm-Vance (www.egrimmvance.com)
Our Father in Aramaic : The Language of Jesus
Revise Our Taking
You, You giver!
You have given light and life to the world;
You have given freedom from Pharaoh to your people Israel;
You have given your only Son for the sake of the world;
You have given yourself to us;
You have given and forgiven,
And you remember our sins no more.
And we, in response, are takers:
We take eagerly what you give us;
We take from our neighbors near at hand as is acceptable;
We take from our unseen neighbors greedily and acquisitively;
We take from our weak neighbours thoughtlessly;
We take all that we can lay our hands on.
It dawns on us that our taking does not match your giving.
In this Lenten season revise our taking,
That it may be grateful and disciplined
Even as you give in ways generous and overwhelming.
White As Snow Jon Foreman