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July 23rd, 2010

When you pray, say.
"Father, may your name be holy.
May your rule take place.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Pardon our debts, for we ourselves pardon everyone who is indebted to us,
And do not bring us to trial (into a trying situation)"      Q1

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Pardon is the only element of the Lord's prayer which is conditional.  We can pray for forgiveness because we have already forgiven the people we need to forgive.  Otherwise, presumably, we must interrupt our prayer, go out and forgive everybody, and then come back and resume our prayer.  Forgiveness is an essential element in loving enemies, being merciful, and being non-judgmental.

There are many people i need to forgive
There are many relationships where we need to forgive one another.
There are people i need to go to and say, "i have forgiven you for.............."
Every time i go off on a tirade against what i regard as the stupidity of people, or their greed or meanness, i have to both repent and forgive--repent for my judging and forgive the ignorance, greed, meanness or whatever.
And i do not give myself enough forgiveness--for i am also aware that i am ignorant, greedy, egotistic, and mean and i like these characteristics as little in myself as i do in others.

Forgive me my trespasses as i forgive those who trespass against me.  Amen.

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