Here and There… Now!

25 Jan

arcPray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day [e]our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] [Matthew 6:9-13]

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This evening, (or afternoon, or morning, depending on what quarter of the globe you inhabit) we will continue exploration of Roses. Jesus left us the tremendous gift of “schooling” on “how to pray”. He shared what we call The Lord’s Prayer both with the Multitudes at Sermon on the Mount, and a leaner form of this prayer with the Disciples privately, when they asked Him to teach them to pray.

Unlike a number of Christian blog posts, however, this is not meant directly to “teach”, or engage in exposition of Scripture, as much as this is a reflective study, line by line. The post is meant to “set a stage”, place some background, set some lighting and positions… for YOU as “Director” to shout “action” and watch the scene unfold.

The line we consider here is unique in the Lord’s Prayer, because it is present in the Sermon on the Mount teaching, but totally missing from the instruction of the Disciples.

Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. [Matthew 6:10b]

It was mentioned in an earlier post, that it seems like the main difference between the longer and shorter forms of instruction, was not in “main ideas”, or major issues of content, but rather in “commentary” or “amplification” and description surrounding those main ideas. The Multitudes needed “specifics”… “What Father?”  “OUR Father, THE ONE IN HEAVEN”, and so on. Jesus, walking alongside His disciples 24/7 obviated the need for a lot of explanatory insulation of clear statements, His very presence defining His context clearly.

This line under consideration is unique in that it is totally omitted from the Disciples’ Version. That would lead one to conclude that this line is “amplification”, or “commentary”, rather than being a “key idea”. I’m really not comfortable to conclude that. This line reflects a DEEPLY key idea, but one that would indeed be so innate in the nature of relationship with Jesus on a day to day basis… that this could, indeed, be something He chose not to say to those He worked with daily.

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So, as I gently grasp this lovely Rose, this Incredible Gift of Jesus, Son of God Himself, instructing us… both Multitudes of those interested in hearing what He has to say, and committed Disciples… on how to pray… how to lift our hearts and minds and love to God the Father… some ideas arise. Thoughts unfold like petals uncoiling. And I encourage you to allow your own Rose to unfold in your sight, and see what the Holy Spirit shows you.

I should love to hear what petals, what patterns, what colours you find in your own Garden time.

One main idea wove throughout these words… and that word was “Sovereignty”.

If you’re like me, you hear this verse in your head as… “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I’ve not mentioned this before, but “THY” (the old fashioned pronoun) is actually DIFFERENT, subtly different, from “YOUR”. If you ever took Spanish, or French, or Italian, you may remember that whole “familiar” versus “formal” thing. There were words you used when you spoke to a close friend or family member (like those you’d address by their first name, or as Auntie or Uncle), and there were other words you would use in a more formal relationship (where you might use “sir, ma’am, Mr., Mrs., or Ms.). Well, English once recognized the same distinction, and in this ironic reversal of meanings… “thee, thou, thy” were reserved for the intimate and informal… and “you, your”, and such were for the formal and stilted. Prayer, was intense, personal, intimate… a matter between “He and thee”. Somehow, our language evolved around the reality, and the close family relationships retained in the “words” of prayer, got lost in the march of time in language. Nowadays, we often hear or use “thee, thou, thy” as indicating great pomp, circumstance, and formality… when in fact they used to mean the exact opposite.

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It has been difficult to write this post. This has extended across a couple days. My “difficulty” has been how to express this huge “taproot truth”, this great thematic fundamental statement, with its harmonics as it thrums across my spirit… without trying to sound “directive” for others. For one thing, this phase, “Your will be done,” uses that same interesting Greek form that encompasses many things at once.

Your will IS done, has been done, is being done, will continue to be done… etc. Along with, “Let it be done… It is done and covers me…” you can hold and turn this aspect of this Rose in dozens of ways, and watch the Light glint from it like sunlight through a prism crystal. I cannot offer advice or teaching on “what this means”, because my own mind cannot contain all the different meanings, all the depth of meaning, these words express.

“On earth as it is in heaven”… Wow. Just stop a moment, and LISTEN to that. No difference, no gulf, no veil, no separation… Just as Jesus said He comes to bring “eternal life”, the “life of eternity” into the here and now… here it is!

I can’t explain this, Gentle Reader. I won’t try. But Jesus demonstrated to the Disciples every day, the nature of His relationship with the Father, His authority, and His Perfect Expression of the Father’s will. As the Disciples’ training drew to a close, just before the Crucifixion, Jesus said straight out that He had manifested all of this to them… they had seen all of this.

To the Multitudes, at the opening of His ministry, Jesus simply makes this statement… that the Father’s will is, and will be, done in each moment here on earth just as it prevails in heaven.

Only word I know for this… Sovereignty… and, when you place these petals on the Rose among which they are nested, they embrace the listener, the pray-er, right in the big middle of God’s relationship as Father, His Kingdom and domain, and now His Sovereignty and authority.

See where these words, these petals, lead you, Gentle Reader.


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7 responses to “Here and There… Now!

  1. paulfg

    January 26, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    Thy. Thy. Thy. Personal. Thy.

    More colours needed. King James colours.
    Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

    Art in heaven. Finger painting in heaven? Wahoo!
    Thy and thy again. Me and my lord. Personal. Sovereignty? That works. And something else. Tickling other memories. Personal. Thy. Where …

    I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    Covenant was the tickle. Loving committed commitment. “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” God the father and me. Yes we will. For ever and ever. Covenant.

    And a bonus. “The will be done in earth”. In rather than on. In and within. Rather than on and outside.


    • Little Monk

      January 26, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      There you go, Paul!

      “More colours needed. King James colours. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Art in heaven. Finger painting in heaven? Wahoo!”

      This is so great! Yes!

      Holy Spirit connects pieces
      from spinning at high speed,
      into pictures of beautiful things
      that speak great mysteries
      privately into the heart,
      whispering intimacies
      that grow us in love.
      “I pledge to thee my troth!” echo, echo, echo…

      Awesome… A romp in the Kingdom of God… LM


      • paulfg

        January 26, 2014 at 4:06 AM

        Coming to the conclusion you never sleep! 🙂


        • Little Monk

          January 26, 2014 at 4:20 AM

          Sleep? Sleep? What’s that? 🙂


          • paulfg

            January 26, 2014 at 4:23 AM

            Each to their own 🙂

            All the best with your DJ’ing later – I will miss it as family stuff will be in full swing across here.


  2. Don Merritt

    January 26, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    Obviously I’m not as artistic in expressing these things as you and Paul are, but the way this strikes me is simply to say’ Which is to say that only “Thy” will is to be done on earth, just like it is in heaven, where God’s is the only will that is done. Great post as always, LM!


    • Little Monk

      January 26, 2014 at 6:25 AM

      “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” [Colossians 1:13-17]

      This has always seemed to me like a “parallel” statement to “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” I have no ready answers when I’m asked, as we all are so often, “Why is there evil?” or “How do bad things happen…” Such questions are asked as we struggle to comprehend a God of Infinite Sovereignty, Infinite Grace and Love, and our lives and world as we experience them.

      Like you, there is a point where “mystery” gives way simply to “truth”, without having to filter through my understanding or comprehension. The Lord’s Prayer, like this passage above, simply plug straight in to my “Awareness of Truth, Yes!” regardless of the fact that I experience all the same wonder at HOW God makes these truths fit together.

      Rather like the truth that “you can’t push the river”… sometimes, when we enter that Presence of God, in sheer adoration and trust, and just let Him carry us along at His own pace, in His own way, without trying to “push or pull”… when gently He returns us to the river bank, to walk on in our lives in the world, the dampness… the residue of Him… manages to work it’s way through the mind… at least MY mind… “poetically”. I don’t have to “comprehend” a Truth of Him, to “apprehend” a Truth of Him… simply recognize and appreciate it, without necessarily “understanding” it.

      Lol… that probably makes no sense. Sorry. But your comment prompted it, and it’s a wondrous thing He can do, when we rest in Him. Grace — LM



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