Scripture: Matt 6:7-15
Key verses: (9-10)
9 Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
Reflection: Confirmation has started and we are seeking to understand the church. It is hard to convey to 8th graders that our hope for the church is not always the church that they see. Hope is an orientation of the mind. It is not a wish but a confident expectation of God’s faithfulness. Hope is the longing for the world that God promises to bring about, but does not yet exist. Hope is longing for the Kingdom of God.
“Your kingdom come.”
Even though hope is rooted in a NOT YET future, it allows us to find strength and courage in the present. It is about what is already with an awareness of possibility. When we embody hope, when we accept that we are given grace, when we trust that God is working to bring about a new heaven and new earth, than we are already embodying what it means to be the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God not yet.
My hope is that we can join God in bringing about the kingdom.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory, forever.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].
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