Reading today’s chapter, I was very taken with the picture Evelyn Underhill paints of the kingdom of God, as something which slips in almost unnoticed, which is continually coming in the ordinary, which is “seldom showy”. And our role too in this, as both receiving and co-operating in the coming kingdom rings true for me – rather more so than contemporary language of ‘building’ or ‘growing’ the kingdom.
Underhill’s vision of the kingdom feels like a very Advent kind of vision. It is that which is both here and coming, both now and not yet. In our awareness of the life of the kingdom among and within us, we live in a kind of continual Advent, a continual yearning for God’s coming transformation, even as we catch quiet glimpses of it already here. This sense of longing desire, of expectant yearning, is not always at the forefronts of our mind as we pray “your kingdom come”, but it is good to be reminded of it in this Advent season.
This year for #AdventBookClub we are reading ‘Music of Eternity: meditations for Advent with Evelyn Underhill’ by Robyn Wrigley-Carr. Join the conversation in the Facebook group, or by following the hashtag on Twitter.