Revelation 21:4-5 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Have you ever set out to bless someone, only to your amazement, you’re blessed in return?
My youngest daughter hopped along with anticipation. She joined the other girls, with excited hearts and blue uniforms to practice their performance. Her AHG unit planned to sing for an assisted living and rehabilitation center. We entered to find an intimate room full of people waiting for the worship service.
First came the barbershop quartet singing some classic worship tunes, inviting others down to the river to receive Jesus. Following that, a young visiting pastor gave a quick sermon on loving ‘unlovable’ people.
One of their favorite siblings in the faith, from the home, shared her testimony. The glory of the LORD seemed to carry her as she spoke of her new diagnosis with Alzheimer’s. “Whatever the devil may throw at me, it won’t stop me from praising my LORD”. Her demeanor displayed such strength in God’s peace. Her words really affected me. Her encouragement brought me to tears.
Next up, our girls sang, “Jesus loves me” and “Cast your burdens, upon Jesus, cause He cares for you”. I assume it was a treat for the residents to see these pint size jewels pointing hearts to Jesus.
Lastly, the room filled with the sound of, “When I die, Hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away”Glory. Glory it was, for my ears to hear. These sweet senior citizens of heaven looked forward to one day soon, when they’d see Christ face to face. They know the truth, and gaze upon it with hope and open arms! Finishing the race strong, they continue to praise our Faithful God.
Jesus is our all in all! He is our salvation. He is our eternal hope of redemption. In Him we have fellowship with strangers. They feel like family, because we are family — brothers and sisters in Christ.
Todays verse encourages us also, to look to Jesus this Resurrection season, and to His promise. — He is making everything NEW.
We set out to bless others, yet unexpectedly received a bigger blessing in return. We can learn from our senior siblings in Christ who revel in the promise they can almost touch with outstretched hand.
May you be blessed and refreshed as you go out and bless others in response to the secure hope — He is making all things new.
Heavenly Father, Your promises are true. You are making all things new, and preparing a place for those who are in You. Bless us and keep us in Your love. You are mighty to save. We look forward to the permanent removal of sin and death, and forever being in Your presence. ~Amen.
1 Corinthians 15:52
2 Corinthians 3:18
We are a New Creation in Christ.