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So this... is the sense that when God breaks in, all heaven breaks out. Yes. I think so. I think what's so interesting about this statement, is that when Jesus gave it to His disciples the context was, He, God is your father and so when people come in to an awareness of asking God for His Kingdom to come, they’re actually, it's an invitation to participation, it’s an agreement to participate. So people start be mobilised and we see what Jesus did, we see what happened when Jesus modelled what it was to minister in the realm of extending the Kingdom of God. And so, I was recently in a part of the world where rising sea levels are taking away people's entire countries, not just their homes, in the Pacific, with a group of wonderful Anglican leaders who are doing extraordinary work across that region. You look at that and for them, when they pray thy kingdom come, what do you expect for them, when they are in the middle of such suffering and such threat? [yes, yes] Well in one sense, we hope and long for an inbreaking that is so powerful that it would reverse some of the damage that we have done in the way that we have cared for the planet and some of the things that have come about on a massive scale. At the beginning of it, I would expect them to feel a tremendous sense of God’s presence, with them in the suffering, in the despair. And then I would also expect certain miracles to be happening, from, at a sort of micro level as well. You know, people, food multiplying, or you know, somebody being healed in the midst of it. Signs that God is with them. It begins brings tremendous comfort. At the same time, the more of us who pray this prayer, really we should expect the unexpected and we can expect the reversal of some of these things. But that's huge. I mean it's huge. It's difficult to completely give you an answer to that, because in a real sense we live in a time of the now and the not yet. There is a tension that we live in. The Kingdom of God is breaking in and so there's a sense of the now of the Kingdom, but then there's this despair, longing cry of the prayer your kingdom come, because we’re yearning for more. We yearning for heaven to come. We’re yearning for Christ's return. But we don't know the hour, or the day. But we yearn and we get ready. Thank you Debby, very much indeed.

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