March 2nd – Our Father – Third Friday in Lent

The following prayer is how in Mathew 6:9 commands us to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
[The 1928 BCP adds:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever
Amen.]

Taken from

1928 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (with doxology)

Application:

“Our Father who art in heaven,
Hollowed be thy name.”

Our Father exists in Heaven and we should hold Him in highest of regard.

I’m a mathematician and we have the tendency to be Atheists. We deal in fact, in hard numbers and then we make judgments that change how things are done.  However, through my interactions with many non-math people I see a parallel.  Many very brilliant people cannot comprehend upper-level mathematics such as n-dimensional matrices, systems of partial-differential equations or even something as trivial as vector Calculus (also commonly called Calculus IV). Why can it not be the same with humans and Heaven?

We don’t deny the existence of Mathematics, however we don’t work to disprove it’s existence.  However, many of us readily work to disprove the existence of God.

I have witnessed too much Grace in my life to deny the existence of God.  He is in a child’s first breath, the beauty of a flower, or the nobility of a blue jay.  He is in the simple mundane things that tie this realm to His realm of Heaven.

“Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

God’s realm will be made known to us, as us.  We are the doers on this Earth.  It is we, that must execute His will and His way.

I am currently working a mission to get the Lord’s Word to the people of the Internet.  To provide them easy access to the Grace and the Good that is God.  I’m executing His will by publishing as much as I can of the products of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, in Houma, Louisiana.  The goal is to pull as many people to Him as possible, and to share the joy and gifts that I have been given.

I have stern physical limitations that prevent me from accomplishing my goal, but with His help, I will get it done.

His Kingdom is in us. We must work to build chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility here on Earth, as it is, in His realm in Heaven.

It is all up to us.

“Give us this day our daily bread,”

Simply put, this is not food.  We cannot not live by bread alone, but by heeding His Word.  Whether this be a daily devotional Bible reading, a Novena, or a short prayer.  This is a declaration that we need God, in our lives, every single day.

In my disease, I can say that I need Him every second.  I curse way too much.  I need to work to refine myself and change that thinking to praise Him so that I thank him for allowing me to live another day in His glory.

As a nurse in the CCU said, “Pain means you are alive.”

Our daily bread may not be tasty.  But, it is what feeds our hearts, minds and soul.

“and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,”

We must forgive everyone and hope that we, also, are forgiven.

I am horrible with this part of the prayer.  I have considerable anger in me.  There are those, very close to me, which cold-heartedly turned their back on me in my dire time of need. This is a weight on my soul.  I am trying to let go of the stone, and then I see how little effort any of the members of this group of people have taken to walk toward me.  Consequently, my blood pressure rises.

I have no choice but to work on these verses.  I am very resistant to God’s will. I must let it go.  The pain is the pain I cause myself.

“and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”

We are begging that temptations are not presented to us, but that He make our path away from evil an easy one.  The reason for this verse is that neither commonly happen.  In this world, there are countless temptations of the

Man, there are many, many temptations in my current situation.

I’m home, alone.  I don’t work. I like tasting things.  I like beer, wine and spirits.  I smoked cigarettes for about 25 years before quiting cold-turkey and still crave them.  The cigarette cravings don’t touch the cravings I have for cigars.  Where cigarettes were a daily habit, cigars mark very happy memories.

You take all of this and wrap it up with being permanently disabled with a non-curable progressive enigmatic disease and you have matches and gasoline…in the same hand.

As I see it, I can fight. Or, I can flounder.

I want to be productive.  My definition of being productive has gone unchanged throughout the decades. I consider myself productive when what I do touches someone else, for the good.

I will fall backwards.  With God’s grace, I step forward.

“For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.”

Some versions of mass have the final statement, others do not.  We often say, “to God be the Glory.”

I find this final proclamation is a subjugation to His will and power.  As His servants we can achieve spiritual greatness.  But, we derive our power from Him.  Thus, the glory will be His, for all eternity.

I will die.  It is my prayer, that the efforts that I take in pioneering technological advances for the church are taken up by someone else in His name.

The glory is not mine.  Oh, I’ve got skills.  But, it is His word that conquers all.  His word is Peace.

In His Name, Amen.

Jay C. “Jazzy_J” Theriot