Some English translations of the Bible still use the older second-person pronouns when referring to God. You can sometimes hear them in public prayers, too, when Christians talk to God about “Thy will” and how “we love Thee.” In most people’s minds, it seems, addressing God as Thee or Thou is formal and dignified.
Isn’t it funny that when Jesus taught us to pray, he intended the very opposite? Back in the days when English speakers actually used thee, thou, and thine in everyday conversation, those words were saved for the very closest friends and family. You would say “thee” to your dad, but never to your boss. How ironic that language too informal and familiar for addressing the mailman is the very way Jesus expects us to talk with God.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley