Daily Devotion Thursday, December 20th

Thursday, December 20, 2012 – Psalm 126; Isaiah 28:9-22; Revelation 20:11-21:8 and Luke 1:5-25

Revelation 20:11-21:8 – 21:1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4   he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”

5And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.”

This is one of my favorite passages from the book of Revelation. I take it as a promise of what will be one day. What day? The day of the Lord, when God comes to set everything right once and for all. I trust in that day.

Here’s something I’ll be sharing in the sermon on Sunday, something that relates to God doing new things even today. I’ll be preaching on the text from Micah 5:2-5a.

The God of Israel is a God of shimmering surprises, of outlandish innovation and renewal. At precisely that moment when God’s people have determined the shape of the future and have measured themselves according to its dimensions, God intervenes and so disturbs our orientation that we are forced to begin again in the construction of our dreams.

(p. 30 – Texts for Preaching, A Lectionary Commentary

Based on the NRSV – Year C)

 God promises us a new heaven and a new earth, which will come one day. But just as God provided something totally new in the birth of His Son in Bethlehem, in a humble stable manger; so God can do something totally new this day.

We listen to the news and hear the bantering between the President and the Republicans over raising taxes or making deeper cuts across the board. I don’t know what the answer is to all our earthly woes, but I do know who holds tomorrow and in God I will place my full trust. Maybe as God’s answer came from a lowly little place called Bethlehem, and thorugh a young child named Mary; so the answer to our problems of today may come from a new senator or representative from a small rural town. May God raise up those leaders who will help find a way through our woes of yesterday and today.

And may God rasie up the counselors and pastors who can help the people of Newtown, Conneticut and people across the nation sense some light even in this very dark moment of their lives. May God comfort them and give them renewed hope.

O God, thanks for the promise of doing a new thing and bringing about a new heaven and new earth; where all tears of sorrow will be wiped away and there will only be tears of joy. As we prepare to celebrate your Son’s birth, may we trust in the new day you promise even unto us. Amen.

 Here’s something I received related to the killing of the children in Newtown. You may of already seen it. Good enough to pass along many a time.

twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“this is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“may this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“come now my children, let me show you around.”
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

Cameo Smith

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