Each week one of the participants in the vocation retreat weekend with which we began the semester sends the group something to reflect on that week. It can be a prayer, a poem, an inspirational quote, a reflection the individual wrote on a particular topic, or whatever else the person wishes to share.
This week, Meghan shared a version of the Lord’s Prayer that she had included some years before in a prayer booklet she helped compile while she lived in Tanzania. The version of the prayer is supposedly based on the original Aramaic. I have been unable to locate a source for the prayer; the link Meghan included for it lists it as being from an unknown source.
The petitions in this version do not track those of the prayer the way we typically pray it. Nonetheless, I thought it contained some beautiful petitions and images you might want to consider using in your prayer. So here it is:
O Cosmic Birther of all radiance and vibration! Soften the ground of our being and carve out a space within us where your presence can abide.
Fill us with your creativity so that we may be empowered to bear the fruit of your mission.
Let each of our actions bear fruit in accordance with your desire.
Endow us with the wisdom to produce and share what each being needs to grow and flourish.
Untie the tangled threads of destiny that bind us, as we release others from the entanglement of past mistakes.
Do not let us be seduced by that which would divert us from our true purpose, but illuminate the opportunities of the present moment.
For you are the ground and fruitful vision, the birth, power and fulfilment, as all is gathered and made whole once again.
Simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
This rendering (not really a literal translation) from the original Aramaic is based on six versions I wrote back in 1991 while taking a class with Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of “Prayers of the Cosmos” (which seems to be the source of the first line). The original six renderings, along with background information, can be found at http://www.visioncraft.org/aramaic/index.htm