Daily Devotion Tuesday

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – Psalm 109; Ezra 9:1-15; Revelation 21:1-8 and Matthew 17:14-21

Revelation 21:1-8 – 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.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

I give thanks for the promise that God will one day create a new heaven and a new earth. I see all the suffering that goes on in this world; severe weather out breaks that can come even in November, flooding, the typhoon in the Philippians. I also think of the chaos that goes on in Washington DC and many other national capital cities. All this causes me to grieve and morn.

Then I hear these words from Revelation and give thanks that what is will not always be and that God will provide a new heaven and new earth. What is will no longer be but what will be, will be perfect.  In God’s new creation the tears will only be tears of joy not sadness and pain. Death will be no more.

There are days that I want God’s new day to come now. Today, I simply give thanks for how we can trust in God and that it is God who will make all things new.

May we who are thirsty come to God who is and will be the spring of eternal waters, the giver of new life.

Thanks be to you, O God, for this promise of new life and for sojourning with us throughout all our life. Amen.

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