“Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said (Daniel 1:4; NLT).

They were all attractive young men, captains and commanders dressed in handsome blue (Ezekiel 23:6; NLT).

I saw a gang of scaffolders
Working together
On a house –

Young men in the prime of life,
Tall and healthy,
Capable and strong,
Full of energy and cheerfulness.

I smiled at them,
And blessed them in my heart;
Then envied them,
For being everything I’m not;

Then wept,
Because of all I’ve never been,
And never will be
In this life.


Kingdom life

Kingdom life

…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9; NIV).

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:17; NIV).

…the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NIV; alternative reading). 


In the kingdom of heaven
There is no war or exploitation,
No suffering in body or mind,
No violence or abuse,
No cruelty or malice,
No selfishness or hatred,
No bitterness or envy –
Only love.

May I live your kingdom life
Right now,
And may your will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven –
In all our lives.

Through Jesus’ name,