Your Kingdom Come: Tear Another Strip Off Me, by Lisa Smouter, chalk pastel, original size is 16×20, prints available.
Many of us will recognize such a familiar phrase as “Your Kingdom Come” from the Lord’s Prayer, and I am thankful it is that – a prayer – because asking God to do it is much easier than trying to achieve it myself. I have recently discovered just how deeply personal this petition is, how the Kingdom of God exists right inside of each Christian, transforming fragile paper-like creations into strong, beautiful new ones as we grow in love and knowledge of God.
Sometimes growth and transformation is painful, like when you learn an unexpected life lesson that exposes how not-nice you really are. Not-nice is an understatement, the more you compare it to how we’re designed to be . . . how we will be, one day, living in a New City made of pearls and jewels and precious stones.