Contemporary English Version (CEV)
We long for heaven. We know that things on this earth are not how they should be, and heaven is the place where all will be set right, where pain and death and sorrow will be no more. Heaven is the place where sin will not doggedly pursue us, where we will be able to sit in the presence of God and rest in his peace.
On earth, we find reflections of such a place. They remind us of our purpose, of our Creator, of what might be. We have moments, snapshots of the Kingdom of Heaven, and they are sparks within us, driving us to live in such a way as to duplicate that Kingdom here on earth.
May God's Kingdom come. Christ serves as priest, bringing our prayers before God and making us worthy to sit in his presence. Through Christ, we have access to God. May we continually give thanks, and may we live with eyes and ears and hearts wide open, searching for evidence of the Kingdom and sharing it for all to see.