Face to Face (26 January 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:  

The angel showed me a river that was crystal clear, and its waters gave life. The river came from the throne where God and the Lamb were seated. Then it flowed down the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river are trees that grow a different kind of fruit each month of the year. The fruit gives life, and the leaves are used as medicine to heal the nations. God’s curse will no longer be on the people of that city. He and the Lamb will be seated there on their thrones, and its people will worship God and will see him face to face. God’s name will be written on the foreheads of the people. Never again will night appear, and no one who lives there will ever need a lamp or the sun. The Lord God will be their light, and they will rule forever. 

(Revelation 22.1 – 5)

Reflect:

In Genesis we hear of God walking with Adam and Eve in the garden. Now in Revelation, we have a picture of God dwelling face to face with his people. The life with God is now in all its beauty and fullness, the Kingdom of God complete. 

Respond:

 A Prayer: Lord, thank you for your presence with me throughout this week. At times your companionship has been clear at other times less so. We can’t wait for the day when we will see you not through a glass darkly, but clearly face to face. Until that day, help me to stay close to you and occupy all of my heart.

Midday Meditation:

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it."  (Brother Lawrence)

Evening Reflection:

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,
and give your Angels and Saints charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest your weary ones, bless Your dying ones,
Soothe your suffering ones, pity your afflicted ones,
Shield your joyous ones, and all for your love's sake.  Amen. 

(Saint Augustine)

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