Please note that this is the last of our Advent devotion series, but please keep watch for further offerings in Mountain Prayerscapes. 
We are grateful for these gifts from our region’s ministers.

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Read Revelation 21:1-6a

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.”

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.”

 

  From Rev. Joshua Patty, Fairmont Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” 

            As another Christmas season fades, we can take a breath from the pervasive advertising of the season.  It doesn’t matter which store – they all have products with “NEW in 2008” stickers.  It isn’t just bigger TVs or faster computers; there’s NEW cookies, NEW soap, NEW clothing.

            For all of the newness promised, all too often NEW is just the same stuff in different packaging.  So when we read God’s promise in Revelation, maybe we think it’s just hype – same stuff in a different   package.  After all, this Christian “stuff” has been around for 2000 years.  The 2008 Christmas model – “NEW in 2008” – is pretty much like the 2007 model.

            But God isn’t interested in giving us “limited edition” packaging.  When God promises NEWness, it’s not just difference, but improvement.  God promises to take what is broken and make it better – to heal  divisions, to comfort afflictions, to encourage the struggling, to champion the meek.  To bring about a NEW heaven and a NEW earth for the children of God.  To make each of us better.

            As we move from this season of light into a NEW year, let’s not let our “NEW in 2009” model of being Christian look like the “NEW in 1973” model.  Instead, may we experience God’s promise – “I make all things NEW” – and be changed by God’s grace and bathed in God’s love this NEW year.

Refresh me for this new season of life, loving God.  Improve me through your grace that I might live more abundantly in the newness of life that you promise me, through Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

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