“Who is in the heavens” (Day 2 of Lord's Prayer)
Praying to the One Who Repairs our Ruptures
Let’s put all the metaphysical questions to the side for the moment. All the stuff about where heaven is and how all that works (which are important questions…just not for right now).
Jesus tells us to pray to “Our Father, who is in the heavens”, with heavens being plural (which usually gets made into the singular “heaven” in English translations).
Why it is good news that Our Father is in the heavens?
Why does that matter for us attaching to God?
Expansive—like the Sky
The idea of heaven often makes us think of somewhere transcendent, spiritual, mystical, and supernatural. Some place that is somewhere other than here.
But in the common language of Jesus, heaven (singular) or the heavens (plural) often just meant the sky.
When you look up and see the big blue sky, and especially the expansive night sky filled with stars—that was heaven, or the heavens.
So Jesus is telling us that Our Father is expansive like the sky.
And not just our sky—what we can see from here.
But all the skies—all the heavens—that all people can see from anywhere.
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