November 1

Revelation 21:1-3

“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” vs. 2

The book of Revelation speaks to the imagination of our hearts with its vivid pictures and symbols of the time to come. Never intended to be taken literally, it describes the ultimate victory of God over all the forces of sin, and promises that one day God’s kingdom will come in all its fullness. Through the years it has provided the images for our celebration of All Saints Day…we love those pictures of white-robed saints celebrating life before the throne of God. Today as we remember loved ones who have died it gives comfort to know that they now have life in all its fullness. Death has had no power over them. Even though they have been taken from us they have been received in the arms of the everlasting Shepherd where they know perfect peace.Though it’s impossible to know with certainty what that new life is like, (language is impotent in describing what lies beyond our experience), and our images will be different, ultimately it’s enough for us to know that they are safe with Jesus. Revelation describes that new life as a new creation, a new beginning, and assures us that the light of the world will never be extinguished. What a blessing it is to know that our lives, which seem to be speeding toward an ending, will instead experience re-creation!

Thought for the Day: What saints are on my mind today?

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