Daily Advent Devotion Monday, December 9

Monday, December 9, 2013 – Psalm 123; Amos 7:1-9; Revelation 1:1-8 and Matthew 22:23-33

Matthew 22:23-33 – 29Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. 30For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 32‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living.”

Something I’m asked often at the time of a loved one’s death is, will I know them in heaven. Today’s reading points out that we’ll neither marry nor are given in marriage. I take this to mean that we’ll be neither male or female, only spirit. Now back to the original question. Yes, I believe we’ll still recognize our loved ones and friends for it is by their spirit that we’ll know them. Just my thoughts on this question. What are yours?

In our readings today I give thanks for the promise that God is God of the living. God’s watching over us. God is with us. That is something we’re celebrating this time of year. It’s something to celebrate each and every day. Today, give thanks that God is with us and watching over us.

Something else I give thanks for is from the reading from Revelation.

Revelation 1:1-8 – Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.

8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

God is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end; who is and who was and who is to come. Thanks be to God for this promise. This is something we can always hold on to and believe.

Psalm 123 – To you I lift up my eyes,
    O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
As the eyes of servants
    look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
    to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
    until he has mercy upon us.

O God, today may I trust in you and know that you are with me always. It is you who is, who was and who will be. I give thanks that you are God and you are with me, with us. Amen.

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