Your reign is always coming, Jesus,

slipping into our lives quietly like a thief,

and subverting our comfortable self-interest;

and, even though we know we should be watching

we miss it too easily and too often.


But, then when we remember,

when we set our hearts to see,

and our eyes to search,

we begin to recognise the signs,

the unexpected evidence of your glory

in our ordinary, everyday normality.


And so we praise you for the Reign of God

that constantly breaks into the world of women and men,

that always opens us to the new,

the possible,

the eternal,

the yes.

And we praise you for the capacity to watch,

to see it coming,

to recognise it’s advent,

even though sometimes watching is the last thing we do.