The scripture for today is Revelation 7:13-17.
13 Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people in white robes, and where did they come from?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” Then he told me: These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple. The one seated on the throne will shelter them: 16 They will no longer hunger; they will no longer thirst; the sun will no longer strike them, nor will any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb who is at the center of the throne will shepherd them; he will guide them to springs of the waters of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
I shared all the verses from this selection because the overall picture this paints is filled with hope. Just a reminder, this is from the book of Revelation: John’s account of his glimpse of Heaven. I’m no scholar, I can’t begin to interpret the symbolism but what is clear even to me, is that we all will be washed clean in the blood of our perfect Lamb and made righteous to stand before him in his Heavenly Kingdom.
The verses go on to describe some of the hardships these white-robed individuals have faced. Despite hunger, thirst, scorching heat they remained steadfast in their faith. They kept their eyes on their Shepherd who guided them into his Heavenly Kingdom. And what happens? God Himself, our Loving Father wipes the tears from their eyes and welcomes them home.
Oh, my friends, we’ve had a year! I hope, when we look back on this time, we don’t remember only the shortages, fear, loneliness and loss. I hope and pray that what we really remember is turning from our pride, humbling ourselves at the foot of the cross, and once again putting our trust in our Shepherd to lead us out of this pandemic. As the world begins to open up, let our hearts be grateful, our faith renewed, and our eyes filled with tears of joy as we listen to the Easter story of our Risen Lord! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
Oh Lord, Thank you for the opportunity to reflect and be grateful for the little things during this period of isolation. Thank you for the virtual opportunities to connect and grow closer. Thank you for the vaccine and lifesaving knowledge. As businesses and travel begins to open up, I pray that you keep my heart open to all the possibilities to show love to my fellow man. Most of all I give thanks for you, the Light of the World. Amen, let it be so!
Connie Simmonds firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those in the travel industry have their jobs restored soon