Bring Forth the Kingdom

By Cindy Korf of North Platte, Nebraska, USA

Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.  Psalm 22:30–31

One Sunday morning while visiting a congregation, I sat in the back pew next to a mentally challenged man. After an inspiring church service, the congregation rose to conclude by singing “Bring Forth the Kingdom.”

My neighbor’s energy and enthusiasm was truly Spirit-filled. He stood and rocked to the music.

At each refrain his joyful voice rang, “Bring forth the kingdom.” Each time he shouted he would turn and look at a person—asking the person to share the call, “Bring forth the kingdom.”

When we reached the last refrain he shouted with conviction, “Bring forth the kingdom! Bring forth the kingdom! Bring forth the kingdom!” Then, he turned, gazed into my eyes, and said, “Bring forth the kingdom of God.”

He was getting it. I was touched and humbled. I prayed, “Lord, through you we can be the salt of the Earth, the salt to bring forth the kingdom of God.”

Prayer for Peace:

God of past, present, and future generations, your name will be proclaimed by this generation and those to follow. Your deliverance will be a joy to the people of all nations. We pray we will be part of the building of your kingdom; your eternal, peaceable kingdom.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation

Choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Prayerfully consider one of the following suggested practices or create your own.

Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude and “holy attention.” Write a psalm of praise for the Earth or a prayer of healing and blessing for the wounds of the Earth. Learn about and engage in an act of Earth-keeping, such as recycling, simple living, fasting from over-consumption of resources. Notice the unique diversity of the planet’s creatures and be gentle to plants, animals, trees, and people! Fall in love with the vast, intricate creation and give thanks.

Peace Covenant:

I will learn how to be salt of the Earth, God, and bring forth signal communities in your name.

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