Week 51   Day 6

 

 

            what does it mean to say that the lord 

            is the beginning and the end of our lives 

                        and by implication

                        everything in between   

 

            the scripture speaks of our lord

            as the one

                                    who is 

                                    who  was 

                                    who is to come 

 

                        that despite all the problems 

                                                        challenges 

                                                        difficulties

 

                        and in the midst of all the joys 

                                                                   triumphs 

                                                                   dreams 

 

            our lord is the alpha and the omega 

                        the one in whom our lives began 

                        the one by whom our lives are restored 

                        the one through whom our lives are sustained  

 

            he is the genesis and the goal of our life 

            the past and the future 

 

                        but most of all we can be grateful

                        that he is here now

                                    in the present 

                                    wherever in that continuum we are

 

                        our lord

                                                abides 

                                                blesses 

                                                brings us home

 

                                                                        ---rus

 

 

 

                                WRITE WHAT YOU SEE

            The message went from Jesus to the angel,

                               to John, to the churches.

                                           Revelation 1

 

    1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to show

the things which must shortly take place.  He sent and signified

it by His angel to His servant John, 2who bore witness to all

things that he saw.  3Blessed is he who reads and those who

hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which

are written in it; for the time is near.

    John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:  Grace to you

and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come,

5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from

the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

    To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His

own blood, 6and has made us kings and priests to His God

and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. 

    7Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will

see Him, even they who pierced Him.  All the tribes of the

earth will mourn because of Him. 

    8"I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End," says

the Lord, "who is, who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

    9 I, John, was on the island of Patmos for the testimony of

Jesus Christ.  10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I

heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11saying,

"What you see, write in a book and send to the seven churches

in Asia."

    12 I turned to see the voice that spoke, and I saw seven

golden lampstands.  13 In their midst was One like the Son of

Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about

the chest with a golden band.  14His head and hair were white

like  wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;

15His feet were like fine brass, and His voice as the sound of

many waters; 16He had in His right hand seven stars, out of

His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, His countenance

was like the sun shining in its strength.  17When I saw Him,

I fell at His feet as dead.  But He laid His hand on me, saying,

"Do not be afraid.  18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and

behold, I am alive forevermore.  I have the keys of Hades and

of Death.  19Write the things you have seen, and the things

which are, and the things which will take place after this. 

20The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and

the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches."

            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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