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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1–4
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

     “See, the home of God is among mortals.
     He will dwell with them as their God;
     they will be his peoples,
     and God himself will be with them;
     he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
     Death will be no more;
     mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
     for the first things have passed away.” (NRSV)

A few years back some the little boy of some friends of mine set up a small pup tent in the middle of their living room. After setting up the tent, he asked his parents if God could come into his tent. They, of course, told him that God would love to dwell in the tent with him. A few days later, their pastor, an older gentleman with gray hair and a beard, came over for dinner. After dinner, the little boy said to the pastor that his parents had told him that he would come into his tent. At that moment, my friends realized that what their little boy meant by God was their pastor. Of course, their pastor didn’t miss a beat and crawled into the little boy’s tent and talked about life in the living room. 

Today we come to the second to last chapter of the Bible, and the writer is describing all things being made new and particularly describing the words from the one seated on the throne, “Look! God’s dwelling is here with humankind. He will dwell with them, and they will be his peoples. God himself will be with them as their God.” Friends, this is the simple story of the entire Bible: the God of the universe desires nothing more than to dwell with us, his people. 

The God of the universe wants to dwell with you, with me, right where we are—even if it is a pup tent in the middle of the living room. Today, do not resist God’s appearing; rather let our loving God come and dwell with you.

Dear God, thank you for making yourself known to me. Please come and dwell with me today. Amen.

Written by Daniel Holladay, Senior High Youth Coordinator

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