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Poems, meditations, prayers with kingdom themes


It helps now and then to step back and take the long view.

The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying the Kingdom always
lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said;
no prayer fully expresses our faith;
no confession brings perfection,
no pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No programme accomplishes the Church's mission,
no set goals and objectives include everything.

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay the foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything
and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.
This enables us to do something and do it well.
It may be incomplete, but is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are the workers, not the master builders,
Ministers, not messiahs.
We are the prophets of a future not our own.

Archbishop Oscar Romero

Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:

a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

This is the fast that pleases me:

to break unjust fetters,
to let the oppressed go free,
to share your bread with the hungry
and shelter the homeless poor.
If you do away with the yoke,
the clenched fist, the wicked word,

if you give your bread to the hungry
and relief to the oppressed,
your light will rise in the darkness.

Isaiah 58:6-7,10

"The kingdom of God

isn't announced with handshakes
(however momentous),
political flourishes,
or speeches that move the heart.
...
it will be known
in thorough healing work:
painstaking attention to particular bodies,
committed lives, strategic action:
the binding and silencing of demons
of hatred and injustice
that will not want to leave
or lose their grip -
the mighty works, in daily life,
of flourishing community."

Janet Morley
"Companions of God" Christian Aid 1994

A Prayer of St. Anselm of Canterbury

Almighty God, you teach us by reason that all the riches of the world are made by you for our common use, and that by nature not one of them belongs to one human being more than to another; direct us, we pray, in obedience to your will, that all things may serve all people, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.