I am reading a very thought-provoking book called The Source of Miracles: 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life Through The Lord's Prayer by Kathleen McGowan. She points out that this prayer is how Jesus told us to pray when asked by his disciples how to pray. She calls it the perfect prayer. Every word is important. I am currently working with the first two words and would like to share a bit of her writing. This from pp. 49-50. The very first word of the Lord's Prayer sets the tone and delivers the key message that Jesus wanted us to grasp immediately: our. Jesus did not say my father, and he did not say your father. He said our father. It is both plural and inclusive. This word choice is precise and made with intention, as it is the underlying premise of a great understanding: that we are all brothers and sisters, with one common parent. When we look at ourselves collectively, as the children of our father, there is no separation. We are all related within the human family, and we are being called to remember that and to treat all mankind as our brothers and sisters... Furthermore, by using the word our, Jesus is telling us that we are not separate from him either. Jesus is not above us and untouchable. Rather he is beside us, like a sibling, side by side with us in reverence to the divine will, intelligence, and love which is our father. Jesus was sent to be our master guide in the process. He is our older, wise, protective brother. Thoughts?