Revelation 21:1-8 (NRSV)
1Then 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. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 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.”
5And 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.” 6Then 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. 7Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
God-with-us, we thank you that we don’t have to find our way to you when we’re lost or afraid or struggling; you meet us in our mess, descending into the depths of our suffering to make all things new. Abide with us whenever we feel alone. Help us to sense your presence wherever there is mourning or crying or pain. Comfort the brokenhearted and give peace to the afflicted. Hear your children as we pray to you, Lord. Amen.
Written by Rev. Rev. Emily Rhodes Hunter, (she/her/hers),
Campus Minister, UKirk Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech
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