A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and amazing are your deeds,
Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations!
Lord, who will not fear
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your judgments have been revealed.”
Vision with the Eyes Of Faith
God’s good news for us today
Is a word of encouragement,
Emboldening us to use our eyes of faith
To envision the wholeness, peace and life
Toward which God is drawing us in Christ Jesus our Lord.
That’s the word of God the John is declaring
To the early believers of the church
Who were experience great persecution for their faith.
Shunned by the synagogue for blasphemy
At claiming a dead man as their Messiah
Oppressed by the empire for treasonous allegiance
Toward this Jesus rather than the Emperor himself.
The times for those early Christians were
Foreboding, uncertain, isolated and vulnerable.
But John was assuring them,
The times were not hopeless
Because their Messiah Jesus
Has already reveal God’s victory
Of wholeness, peace and life
Vindicated by his resurrection the death
That was intended to subvert that mission.
Using imagery that very well could have been
Insider language understood and appreciated
By those of the early church
If not the ominous society around them,
John is giving them hope
By reminding them of the future
God has already assured for them
In the Messiah Jesus.
And with Jesus still raised from the dead today
We too may be embolden our eyes of faith
To envision the future of wholeness, peace and life
Toward which Jesus is drawing us.
One such vision began to take shape for me
In a conversation yesterday with Vicar Sara.
As we were discussing the new challenges
Presented to our sense of community
During these times of pandemic,
We began to imagine array of interactions
In addition to those of Sunday worship and Sunday school
Which have knit us together so well in the past.
And array of interaction across the week
When might engage one another and the community
In meaningful new ways.
Beyond our worship that is simultaneously
In-person as well as streaming on line
And the Daily Dose of Good News throughout the week,
Some WELCA Groups, Bible Studies
And new efforts like our Racial Justice Ministry Team
Are already coming together in virtual and personal ways.
We’re also in the process of developing new ways
For inviting and engaging in Adult Education and Sunday school
Add to that new ideas for small group
Prayer and social interaction virtual and in-person
Plus a weekly Hike and Prayer in a Metro Park
Or Bible Reading and Bike Ride in the country.
My eyes of faith are beginning to make out
New ways for us to invite, embrace and empower
The gift of community that God gives us
Even during the uncertain times of our day.
Be watching for ways that you might engage
And be bold to use your eyes of faith too,
Envision the wholeness, peace and life
God has assure for you and those you love.
And watch as the Jesus the Messiah
Helps to draw you into that future. Amen