The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus

The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus

The Spherical We

My friends are fascinating!  The other day I mentioned to a friend of mine how I would like to find the original version of the Lord’s Prayer.  I heard it one Sunday when T. Marni Voss gave the Sunday lesson at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, and I fell in love with it.  My friend gave me the blessing of searching for the information herself and shared the prayer with me and several others on our spiritual community’s Facebook page.  I don’t think this is the one I had heard before, but I love it!  Thank you, Aimee.

Of course, I remained curious, and found a similar, but different, version on The Spherical We blog.   I am sharing with you the version Aimee found, and if you would like to see the other, please click on the link above.

as translated from Aramaic by Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz of the Sufi Order of the West

O, Birther of the Cosmos, focus your light within us — make it useful
Create your reign of unity now
Your one desire then acts with ours,
As in all light,
So in all forms,
Grant us what we need each day in bread and insight:
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
As we release the strands we hold of other’s guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
The power and the life to do,
The song that beautifies all,
From age to age it renews.
I affirm this with my whole being.

Does this not make your heart just sing?

Here is what it means to me:

In this prayer, we are asking that the light of the Universe, the Source, light us from within so that we might be useful.  We might then become one with the Source’s desire, and one with creation.

We ask that we be given what we need each day to sustain us and help us grow,   so that the shame and the guilt we have bound ourselves with over the mistakes we have made will be loosened, and that we release and let go of any part we might play in anyone else’s shame and guilt.

We ask that we see materialism and metaphysical reality for what they are and that we be released from fear so that we might fulfill who we are meant to be.

We recognize and acknowledge that you are our Source.  You give us the power to be and do what we are meant to do, and it is for us to step into it.  I believe this in my heart.

I would love to hear what it means to you as you walk your path on your own journey.