Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, reviving my practice in the Lenten season of 2017, I revise the prayers I wrote then for each of the forty days of this Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, a concern weighing on my mind and heart or a care of my soul and spirit.
On Kingdom to “Kin_dom”…
O Jesus, how I love You and Your Kingdom!
Yet, for years, oft I’ve prayed and preached using the word “kin_dom.” For, as I come to know You through Scripture and the daily revelations of Your Spirit, You alway are less monarchical and more relational. Alway less lording Your superiority over us and more sharing Your saving, Self-sacrificial grace with us. Alway less King and more Kin.
O Jesus, as I continue to follow You, You call me to be kin, too. To see all people as my kin of whate’er race or clan, culture or creed, philosophical disposition or political determination.
O Jesus, this is a hard calling that can get one killed, if not literally, then metaphorically, though no less truly in self-denial; dying to my self in the face of difference, at times, dissent…
But You already have demonstrated the extent to which Love loves: unto death.
So, O Jesus, in Your Name and for Your Sake, kin I am to and for the whole world.