Forever and ever/ One or Two Evers?

6332067642_362db22359“For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

“For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”

My father and, I presume, many people over the years, debated frequently on the issue of why we would need two evers at the end of the Lord’s Prayer. I stopped saying “forever and ever,” a long time ago because it seemed nonsensical to me. It was redundant! In some churches, it is done with one and others use the two.  This morning when I was thinking about all that has happened in my life in the two years since my cancer diagnosis I found myself thinking about this again. Knowing that my personal forever is definitely a shorter time than it might have been otherwise seems to have changed my perspective.

I think it has to do with whose idea of time is involved. As humans, we have a very limited or flippant idea of forever.

“It has been forever since I have seen you!”

“It took forever for my parcel to arrive!”

“Best news ever!”

When we pray the benediction to the Lord’s prayer we are not just looking at our time, but God’s time. Thus, “Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for all time we can imagine and even beyond that into all time! Amen.”


2 responses to “Forever and ever/ One or Two Evers?

  1. You know…..I had never thought about the one or two “forevers” at the end of the Lord’s prayer. Interesting. Actually, at the end of our ladies Bible Study each Friday morning, I invite the ladies to stand, join hands and recite the Lord’s Prayer together and what I have found interesting is some want to say “forgive us our trepasses” while others are saying “forgive us our debts”. Our ladies are from all backgrounds of faith so I am thankful that we agree to come together to share in learning His Word as well as saying the Lord’s Prayer. Next time we meet, I may bring up your thoughts on the one and two forevers! God bless you today!

    • Thanks for your comment. I think it is great when a group makes it safe/comfortable to pray as they are used to even in ‘unison’ prayers. There are many versions of the Lord’s Prayer. Some of the newer ones are quite nice as well.

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