thy kingdom come

My Father, who art in heaven
I’m still scared of the idea of you as father

Hallowed be thy name
Let all I do be done for you
And for your son, Jesus
and the sacrifice of his precious blood
and for the Holy Spirit
who resides within me

Thy kingdom come
thine, not mine
thy will be done
thine, not mine

On earth
where I am now
I give myself to you
as it is in heaven
to use my gifts
to further your kingdom

Give me this day my daily bread
everything that I need
to live the kingdom way

And forgive me my trespasses
and heal the relationships that I have compromised or broken
for I have been unloving
to you, myself, and my neighbor

as I forgive those who trespass against me
or at least, that I want to, even when it hurts
for you have forgiven me

And lead me not into temptation
but let me rely solely on thy strength
because I am weak
chronically ill
mentally ill
and sometimes feel like there’s not much I can do
and you are strong

But deliver me from evil
for I have renounced the unholy
the evil things that I have done
and I walk now in the light of Christ
let me always remember
that I have chosen Jesus

For thine is the kingdom
not mine, but thine
and the power
I renounce my lust for power
and fame
and influence

and the glory
let the glory be only yours
any gifts I have were given
by the Holy Spirit

Forever and ever
all for thee to the benefit of your kingdom

Amen

Published by MaryClare StFrancis

MaryClare StFrancis is a writer who sounds as boring as hell but who is intimately acquainted with the horrific and the sacred. For a long time, darkness has been her friend, but she now walks in the light of Christ. As a committed Episcopalian, her main contribution to the church is her ability to make the priests facepalm or swear, depending on the day and context. MaryClare has a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and lives in Mississippi with her four children.

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