Afterwards, as I contemplated our art projects hanging in the sunlit window, I was caught off guard by a tightening in my chest. This, I realized, is a glimpse of the Kingdom--so rich in variety and beauty, always changing, breathtaking when you pay attention. And my heart clenched with longing. I want to breathe and walk in a beauty like this, one made up of the living-and-walking-together of those eternally-varied and wonderous souls who follow Jesus. It is far too rare in this space of my life. But God is good. Even as I long, he brings me tastes and scents of His Kingdom, one that saturates this world, even dripping through the color and hues of fallen leaves.