"As we forgive"

According to Matthew's Gospel, Jesus "went up into a . mountain" and taught. There on a hillside he preached a simple, stately sermon endued with the divine truth he spent all his time in demonstrating. The Master gave his hearers the Beatitudes, showing the blessedness of righteous thinking, urged upon them counsel for purer living, and then said, "After this manner therefore pray ye;" and he taught them what is known as the Lord's Prayer.

Among Jesus' disciples were many types of character; yet he gave to all the same prayer. And today men of differing character find all needs for spiritual growth and unfoldment met in this simple prayer. For everyone there is the selfless acknowledgment, "Hallowed be thy name." For all who are tossed to and fro between impatient denial and fervent acceptance there are the earnest words, "Thy will be done." For everyone, fearful for the morrow, doubtful of Love's presence, there is the trusting appeal, "Give us this day our daily bread." And the humble, gentle, and patient ones pray in the secret places of consciousness, "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."

March 25, 1933

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