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Monday, January 4, 2016

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)

My mental picture as I read this is God pointedly saying, “I give you my word.” “This is important, don’t just stand there. Listen closely and write it down.”

Sometimes I need to be pulled out of the nattering conversation in my head and be reminded to pay attention to the simple and the grand around me and all my blessings. It’s easy to get busy and forget God’s promise that God will give the water of life to the thirsty.

God, it is comforting to know that you are the beginning, the end, the past, the present and the future. Thank you for your grace and many gifts that we can’t buy or earn. Thank you for your forceful jolts and quiet whispers that make me pay attention and take note of your truth. Amen.

Written by Kathryn Burkhardt, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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