Pondering for Thursday, October 31, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Proper 25 Year 1

AM Psalm 50; PM Psalm [59, 60] or 103 Neh. 1-1:11; Rev. 5:11-6:11; Matt. 13:18-23

“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, ‘To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’ (Revelation  5:13)

Perhaps The Revelation to John from Jesus is the most avoided book in our New Testament.  I think some just don’t understand it and that’s not to suggest that I do, at least not all of it.  But then who can truly say he or she understands all of any book of the Bible?  There were even attempts to keep it out of the Christian cannon by Martin Luther.  But here we have it in all its sometimes spooky detail.  How appropriate for Halloween.  Hardly anybody today knows about All Saints Day which brought about All Hallow’s Eve in the first place.

I think the thing to take away from the Book of Revelation is the notification that we will be praising God with song in Heaven.  Everybody sings in heaven!  Once we get past the slaughter of beasts and the various proclamations, we sing.

Maybe the best use of our time in this life is to prepare to give voice in song to the glory of God in the next life.  I think there is a hint of this message in the first verse of Hymn “Praise to the Lord” 1982 Hymnal : “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation; O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation; join the great throng, psaltery, organ, and song, sounding in glad adoration.” 

Yes, let us join the great throng singing ‘To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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