If we will allow it, your reign shifts us,
leading us from denying to expecting
from cynical mocking
to faith-filled wonder.
This is a shift we sorely need.
And so we pray for expectation:
That we may see your abundance,
and take for granted that it must be shared;
That we may know your wisdom,
and assume that it should guide all of our affairs;
That we may sense your peace,
and be offended by its destructive alternative;
That we may embrace your wholeness,
and find it second nature to bring it to others;
That we may celebrate your justice,
and live it as easily as breathing.
May we so believe in your constantly coming reign,
that we expect to see it appearing at every turn,
in every moment,
and live and work as those
through whom it comes.
John van de Laar, South African Methodist worship minster
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.