Thy Kingdom Come

by Amanda Hines on August 26, 2021

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”

 

We pray this together every week as we worship.  What does it mean to pray for God’s kingdom to come?  How does the kingdom come?  Will it be obvious when God’s kingdom is here or will we hardly notice it at all?

Some say that when we pray for the coming of the kingdom, we are praying for the end of time when only God reigns. I don’t think that’s what we mean in the Lord’s Prayer, tough.  I think the coming of the kingdom has already begun.  I think the second part of that phrase tells us how to spot the kingdom of God among us right now.  I believe that the kingdom comes every time God’s will is done.  Discerning God’s will is hard work, but we are sure to recognize it when we have our hearts open to the love of God among us.  Anytime compassion is exercised, God is present.  That’s where the kingdom of God is on earth right now.  It is in the many acts of kindness and in the moments of giving to make life better for others.  If we follow Jesus’ advise to love God and love neighbor, then the kingdom of God is all around us… in our love.

Love doesn’t always feel “warm and fuzzy.”  Love can be hard to spot sometimes, especially when the news is full of a pandemic, people behaving badly, and people trying to escape fire, earthquake, or an oppressive government.  Love can be hard to spot when fear and pain and hunger seem ever-present.  But, I truly believe, the kingdom of God is still at work, moving slowly from one heart to another, unseen at times but felt in the small kindnesses that never make the news.  The kingdom of God cannot be snuffed out by the illnesses or disasters of earth for the kingdom of God is not bound by the created world.  Compassion is a spiritual gift of eternal nature.

Compassion, along with faith and hope, help us to see the kingdom of God, albeit dimly now.  One day, we will stand face to face with God and clearly see the kingdom of God.  (I Corinthians 13:12) Then, we will fully know the breadth and depth of the kingdom for which we yearn.

Until then, as disciples of Christ, we keep on spreading the love of God we know through Christ Jesus.  We keep on doing good and reaching out with compassion every chance we get, especially when we are having a hard time seeing the good for that is where it is needed most.  We keep on praying, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

It is a joy to be one of your pastors.  May you be blessed with the coming of the kingdom into your life and the lives of those around you.

Amanda

    

Tags: prayer, god's will, lord's prayer

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