Scripture: Revelation 20-22
Observation: I have read and re-read this several times lately. Partially because I have gotten distracted 100 times and partially because I can't believe its over! What an amazing ending!
Here is my favorite part:
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. There will be no mourning, crying, or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “All is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will freely give water from the life-giving spring. Those who emerge victorious will inherit these things. I will be their God, and they will be my sons and daughters."
Everything will be new! Death will be no more! Our God is the Alpha and Omega--the Beginning and the end!
I needed to hear this today. Because even as we are finishing this journey, a new one is coming. Even as God puts and end to scripture--new chapters will be written in our lives. Even as one door closes, something else begins anew. It makes me think of the Hymn of Promise--how everything comes new. Everything changes. God who began things, can end things and then begin again.
What endings are happening in your life? What new beginnings? What challenges will God get you through? Its been my pleasure to journey with you this Summer. Its been my pleasure to guide us through the New Testament. I know each of you have strengthened my faith and inspired me! Thank you for your dilligence and your hope. Thank you for your love.
Alpha and Omega--Thank you for this summer. Continue to bless those who journeyed through this reading with me. Those who stopped by occasionally, and those we never knew were with us. Thank you for your insights and your grace! All glory be to you--the one who begins and ends all things. In your precious name I pray! Amen
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