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Saturday, July 20, 2013
Today’s Reading | Revelation 21:5–7
And 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.” Then 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. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. (NRSV)
The story ends like it began: “I will be his God and he shall be my child.” All the way back to Exodus we hear these same words: “I will take you as my people, and I will be your God” (Exodus 6:7). God in the Old Testament has a bad reputation as being harsh and punitive. But from the Alpha to the Omega, God has wanted only one thing: to be in loving relationship with us.
The first few verses of John’s Gospel teach us that Christ was with God, and was God, from the very beginning. The Christ who is known all over the world for his loving compassion did not enter the world as if he had never seen it before. Christ was there when the world was made! God’s love did not begin with Christ; God is love from the very beginning.
God’s love isn’t new, but we are. Or we can be. We can be new people. The process begins by receiving Christ into our lives. We have seen the baby in the manger and heard his newborn cries. We have sat in awe with Mary and Joseph to hear the angels sing and ponder over the shepherd’s visit.
Imagine cradling the Christ child in your arms. Imagine him looking at you and touching your face with tenderness. Know that he was born for you, that you may be reborn for him. Christ is making all things new.
Holy God, I praise you for the tradition of faith that teaches me of your love. I praise you for reaching out to me in love, for letting me hold you and know you. I ask that you reveal your love to me in ways I can perceive, so that I might share your light with all the world. Amen.
Written by Patty Jenkins, Director of the Center for Life and Learning
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