Post Cards from Heaven- reflections on the Lords prayer

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I sometimes wonder what it would be like to get a post card from God.  What would he choose to say?

In the Lords Prayer we “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  How can we make the earth like heaven when we do not know what Heaven is like?

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”  We are sometimes afforded glimpses of Heaven but can never know it in full during our mortal lives.

I often meditate on the Lords prayer and I painted this during a prayer meeting in which I experienced those momentary glimpses of heaven which Paul described as seeing in part.

Our bible has a very poor translation of the Lords Prayer.  The original aramaic reads.

Abwoon d’bashmaya
Netqaddash shmak
Teete malkutah
Nehvwey tzevyannach aykanna d’bashmaya aph b’arha
Havlan lahma d’sunqananan yaomana
Washbwoqlan haubvayn aykana daph hnan shbvoqan l’hayyabayn

Wela tahlan le’ynesyuna. Ela patzan min bisha
Metul dilakhe malkuta wahayla wateshbuhta l’ahlam almin
Amen

The words Jesus taught us to pray in the Lords prayer as he spoke them are profound and worthy of deep reflection.

Abwûn
“Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes,

d’bwaschmâja
who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.

Nethkâdasch schmach
May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.

Têtê malkuthach.
Your Heavenly Domain approaches.

Nehwê tzevjânach aikâna d’bwaschmâja af b’arha.
Let Your will come true – in the universe (all that vibrates)
just as on earth (that is material and dense).

Hawvlân lachma d’sûnkanân jaomâna.
Give us wisdom (understanding, assistance) for our daily need,

Waschboklân chaubên wachtahên aikâna
daf chnân schwoken l’chaijabên.

detach the fetters of faults that bind us,
like we let go the guilt of others.

Wela tachlân l’nesjuna
Let us not be lost in superficial things (materialism, common temptations),

ela patzân min bischa.
but let us be freed from that what keeps us off from our true purpose.

Metol dilachie malkutha wahaila wateschbuchta l’ahlâm almîn.
From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act,
the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.

Amên.
Sealed in trust, faith and truth.
(I confirm with my entire being)

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