18 June 2006

The Kingdom of God - some thoughts

Once General Convention is over later this week I'll go back to posting photographs.

Today in our Sunday School class we talked about the Gospel and Old Testament readings from the Lectionary for today. We ended with a question about the Kingdom of God. In mulling things over and reading the text of the current Presiding Bishop's homily from this morning the following thoughts and prayer sort of came to mind.

God's Kingdom is just that a Kingdom, an absolute monarchy. Politics don't really have a place in an absolute monarchy. Something we all need to remember when we pray Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven . . . . Yes, let Thy will and Thine alone be done. What we need is discernment of what God wants not political manuvering. In that spirit I offer this prayer:

May the will of God and only God be done at General Convention. May the Voice of the Spirit drown out the voices of those who would fashion the Church in their own political image. May we all remember that God's ways are higher than our ways and God's thoughts higher than our own. And may God give those with personal political agendas of their own the grace to accept God's will, especially when it differs from their own agendas. Amen.
Thanks for listening to my rant.

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