Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Tuesday after the Last Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on November 23, 2021 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Revelation 21:1-7 (NKJV)
21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). He created a lovely world that delights us even now. The hills, seas, and forests inspire us. Yet, after sin entered the world at man’s fall we have been dogged by tragedy and fear. Life is full of ambushes, and God seems so far away. What parent hasn’t spent a few nights awake during the affliction of his child? And some hardships must be born with patience and endurance, because there is nothing else to be done.
We pray for God’s deliverance from affliction in this world. But here we have a word that deliverance is coming. Our Lord says, “Behold, I make all things new.” He doesn’t destroy that which was before, but transforms it. His good creation will be made good again. In fact, it already has been made new. Jesus recreates all things in Himself. In so far as we are in Him, we are living in that glorious new world. We are just waiting for our bodies to catch up. There is a glorious present, and an even more glorious future awaits us. We can take comfort that a glorious new world awaits the people of God.
Prayer: Absolve, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy people from their offenses; that from the bonds of our sins which, by reason of our frailty, we have brought upon us, we may be delivered by Thy bountiful goodness; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.
Collect for the End of the Church Year
We thank Thee, Lord God, Heavenly Father, that in the past church Year Thou hast preserved Thy Word among us in purity, and by it sensibly quickened our souls; and we beseech Thee, Thou wouldst graciously forgive us all our neglect, unbelief, and disobedience of Thy Word, and continue unto us this precious treasure with Thy blessing forevermore; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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