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The Jesus Prayer: An Interpretation

Amanda Udis-Kessler

Amanda Udis-Kessler is a hymnwriter, sacred music composer, writer, sociologist, and anti-racism trainer. Find her free-use music at and her writing at

Love, sacred mystery at the heart of all things, holy are you.
May your domain spread out across the world.
May all have what they need, today and all days.
May we forgive ourselves for our failings and strive to do better.
May we forgive others for their failings and invite them to do better, even as they forgive themselves and us.
If we must face difficulties, may we do so with courage, humor, humility, and grace.
If we must face evil, may we not be overcome with it but may we overcome evil with love.
For love is the measure of all things and the hope of humanity, now and forever. Amen.