“In earth as it is in heaven” are magnificent, comforting, idealistic, and challenging words. First, their magnificence empowers us to believe that it is within our power to have our world, here on earth, reflect God’s heavenly world. Next, we are comforted by God’s love for us, so all-embracing that he had Jesus teach us this prayer, showing that we can have God’s will for us, here on earth.
Then realistically we have to step back, to see that ours is a broken world, with too many people who perceive humanity as flawed and unredeemable. Lastly, we must face the trials which come to us, our families and friends, our nation and our world. We must not give up. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. [Heb. 11:4]