Daily Archives: April 6, 2021

Evening Prayer: April 6th

Shepherd of Souls, for the wonder of knowing that in the heart of this day your hands have encompassed my life, I raise my deepest prayers of thanksgiving. Guide me to the blessings of your Word. Bring me peace this night in knowing that your graces will continue to unfold. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Daily Scripture Reading: Psalm 145:8-13

Psalm 145:8-13 (ESV)

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.]

Thoughts to Ponder from Revelation 21:1-5

Revelation 21:1-5 (ESV)

The New Heaven and the New Earth

21 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, 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, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

In the beginning, God created a world free of sadness and pain, sin and death. And in the world, he placed man and woman, calling them to serve him and one another. But then humankind turned inward to self-seeking ambitions and desires. Thus, sin and corruption entered the world. And from the first moment of our fall from grace, we have had to live with the result of sin and it has not been good. We were cast into a world of separation: from God and one another. That is what sin does – it isolates us, it breaks us, it eats us from the inside out.

Thankfully, the story doesn’t end with our fall into sin and separation. God has made it possible for us to live in harmony, peace, and perfection once again. Easter is the stark reminder that He gave up his only Son so that this kind of life could be ours – restored life now and eternal life in heaven. The problem is that we can be so distracted with the demands of life in this world that we spend little time reflecting on our true home.

That is why we need the Holy Spirit open our eyes and help us keep our perspective and focus in the right place. If we stay open to his leading, we will find him filling us with the desire for more of Jesus. We will find a new sense of hope and expectation for our heavenly home. Not only will our lives be different – the entire world will change for the good!

Jesus deeply wants to make all things new. He loves to take what is “old” in our lives – habits of sin and lack of belief – and replace them with the newness of his love, his power, and his joy. He loves you and is completely committed to making you into part of his wonderful, new creation. This is something he does in each of us as he lifts us up and gives us glimpses of the heaven he has prepared for us. He knows that the more fully we see his perfect plan for us, the more deeply we will want to be with him – and the  more readily we will repent of anything that hinders that plan.