I’m not really sure why, but lately as I curl up with God I begin my prayers with the Lord’s Prayer. I expect that it is the easiest way to get my mind to stop spinning with all my thoughts from the day. Last night was no exception, so there I lay mentally saying;
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 debts
as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory forever.
Last night when I reached the word forever my mind took a twist. My dad and I had been talking about the ‘ever’ vs. ‘ever and ever’ issue that had been around in our churches for years now. As he would say, “If ever is infinity, why do we need two?” Long ago one of my former ministers made this basic point and at that church we dropped the extra ever. In the congregation I am in now we similarly don’t double our infinity.
In many churches (RC and Orthodox for example) this is a non issue because they don’t use the extended ending to the prayer, stopping after deliver us from evil. This version is from a different transcript of Matthew.