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Friday, June 16, 2006

The Lords Prayer - per Amos & Andy

In a Christmas segment from the "Amos 'n' Andy" radio program, Amos' daughter Arbadella lies in her bed on Christmas Eve, her father tenderly explains the meaning of the Lord's Prayer to her:

ARABDELLA: I've been saying the Lord's Prayer with Mommie. What does the Lord's Prayer mean, Daddy?

AMOS: The Lord's Prayer? Well, darlin', I'll 'splain it to you. It means an awful lot, and with the world like it is today, it seems to have bigger meaning than ever before.

ARABDELLA: But what does the Lord's Prayer really mean, Daddy?

AMOS: Now, you lay down, and you listen. The first line of the Lord's Prayer is this: "Our Father which art in Heaven" — that means Father of all that is good — where no wrong can dwell. Then it says — "Hallow'd be Thy name" — that means, darlin', that we should love an' respect all that is good. Then it says — "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven" — that means, darlin', as we clean our hearts with love, the good, the true, and the beautiful, then Earth where we are now will be like Heaven.

ARABDELLA: That would be wonderful, Daddy.

AMOS: Then it says — "Give us this day our daily bread" — that means to feed our hearts an' minds with kindness, with love an' courage, which will make us strong for our daily task. Then after that, the line of the Lord's Prayer is — "An' forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" — you 'member the Golden Rule?

ARABDELLA: Yes, Daddy.

AMOS: Well, that means we mus' keep the Golden Rule and do unto others as we would want them to do unto us. And then it says — "and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" — that means, my darlin', to ask God to help us do, an' see, an' think right, so that we will neither be led nor tempted by anything that is bad. "For thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever. Amen." That means, darlin', that all the world an' everything that's in it, belongs to God's kingdom — everything — Mommie, your Daddy, your little brother and sister, your gran'ma — you an' everybody — and, as we know that, an' act as if we know it, that, my darlin' daughter, is the real spirit of Christmas.


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