2021.01.16 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, January 16, 2021 comes to us from Caroline Greville of England, United Kingdom.
Revelation 21:1-7 1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 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 without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
“Isn’t It Glorious?”
I teach creative writing to adults, including many older adults. Recently I learned that one of my students had died after a short, intense illness. It wasn’t easy sharing this news with the other students, but we took time to remember our friend. My favorite memory is of her breezing into class on a wet, wild, gray winter’s day and proclaiming, “Isn’t it glorious!” I thought she was joking at first. “Oh no,” she said. I absolutely love this weather. My dog and I had a wonderful walk on the beach. It makes you feel alive!”
I always appreciated her upbeat outlook, and I knew she had been a strong Christian. I’m certain that her pain is gone and now she is feeling more alive than ever.
Today’s reading from Revelation reminds us that our present sufferings are only temporary. God will make us whole once again – more whole than we’ve ever been. And as we enjoy our life here on earth, we can remember God’s home is now among us. God alongside us and God to look forward to: Isn’t it glorious?
— Caroline Greville
Prayer Focus: Older Adult Learning Centers
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we praise you for our eternal hope and for your presence alongside us. Amen.
Thought for the Day: My hope in God is for today and for eternity.
I believe that God is always with us in the Holy Spirit, always sharing the beauty of creation and the Beloved Community with us, and guiding our steps toward faithfulness.
Also, I believe that God embraces each of us in death, re-creating us and offering comfort and love beyond measure.