I awoke early in the morning to the words of my beloved Savior when He taught His disciples to pray. . .
“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name . . . ”
My spirit paused on the word “Our.”
Why did Jesus use the word “Our Father,” rather than addressing His Father as “My Father “?
I’m guessing that in the moment, He found Himself among His friends, His followers, His community of faith. I love the idea of community, the acknowledgement that our faith is shared by millions around the world, and that we are all United by One Father, and One Spirit, through the blood of Jesus Christ. We are brothers and sisters. When one hurts we all hurt. When one rejoices we all rejoice! Community gives us courage and strength. It also reminds us that we are not alone.
So I want to take a moment to acknowledge my community of faith here on my blog, and tell you how much I appreciate you. Reading your comments, stories and words of encouragement shared on your blogs is so encouraging. Although I don’t know you individually, I sense a community of faith. Thank you also to my family and friends near and far.
I thank God for each of you, and pray that you’ll continue to be encouraged and inspired in your faith, as you share the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ to a world in need!
Would you like to take a moment and pray with me the Lord’s Prayer?
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”
~ Matthew 6:9-13
Until next time friends! Leila
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