Praying while texting
It is not e-mail...it is not Facebook...it is text messaging that is (today's) preferred mode of electronic communication among young adults.
Ship of Fools, The Magazine of Christian Unrest jumped ahead of the curve several years ago when it invited its readers to a biblical text-messaging competition. The challenge: Rewrite the Lord's Prayer for texting.
"The task itself was not easy," www.ship-of-fools.com, reports. "The traditional version of the Lord's Prayer is 372 characters long, so whittling it down to 160 characters meant cutting the prayer by more than half but without losing anything important."
The winners aren't King James Version (or New Revised Standard Version or New International Version or even The Message), but the key thoughts are there.
1st Place: dad@hvn,ur spshl.we want wot u want&urth2b like hvn.giv us food&4giv r sins lyk we 4giv uvaz.don't test us!save us!bcos we kno ur boss,ur tuf&ur cool 4 eva!ok?Matthew Campbell, York, England
2nd Place: r pa in evan, respect 2 u, may u rain ear as in evan. giv us r needs, 4giv rsin as we 4giv r nmes. resq us from the evil 1. 4 ur always the most xlent dude. Yo Steve Seymour, Bristol, England
3rd Place: God@heaven.org, You rule, up and down. We need grub and a break. Will pass it on. Keep us focused. You totally rule, long term. Amen. The Rev. Stephen E. Moore, Bellevue, Wash.
When the winter winds blow, choose one of your favorite biblical texts (shorter is probably better) and figure out how you might text it in a single 160-word message. You may find a way to share it with a young adult seeker & and you definitely will find yourself reading and exploring Scripture in a different way.
The Rev. Kathy Noble, editor, Interpreter and Interpreter OnLine, www.interpretermagazine.org