I'm chuckling as I read a poem by early 16th Century poet, Sir Edward Dyer:
My mind to me a kingdom is,
Such perfect joy therein I finde
As farre exceeds all earthly blisse
That God or nature hath assignde.
Yes, all the spellings are correct, for the 16th century.
Might have been written by most anyone of recent times - Ha!
How different the Kingdom of God - thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Let our prayer be:
O Christ my Lord,
Help me to live within your world,
That I might be a light to my world.
While others try so hard to love themselves,
Help me to love you all the more.
Remind me daily that I am yours,
And none other can suffice for the needs of my soul.
Help me to see that my hunger is nothing less than a hunger for you.
That my thirst is assuaged by the Living Water you gave to the woman at the well.
That my life makes sense only in your grace and love.
That life consists of all the duties of equity - to love the neighbor as I love myself.
And that such love is You ...
For love is God, and God is love ... and to abide in you is to live the grace of daily love.
Help me be this, O Christ.
Help me do this, O Christ.
Help me, I pray, O Christ.