Jesus, come and be with me.
Awaken me to your presence.
Jesus, come and sit with me.
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Then I looked, and I heard the sound of many angels surrounding the throne, the living creatures, and the elders. They numbered in the millions—thousands upon thousands. They said in a loud voice,
“Worthy is the slaughtered Lamb to receive power, wealth, wisdom, and might, and honor, glory, and blessing.”
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea—I heard everything everywhere say,
“Blessing, honor, glory, and power belong to the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb forever and always.”
Then the four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshipped.
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Going to a U2 concert was on my bucket list, and thanks to a dear friend, I was able to check it off last summer. Folks told me that it would be the best concert of my life and that no living artist would measure up to them. Without fail, the U2 concert was epic.
What stood out, however, surprised me. There was an immediate connection, even a sense of camaraderie, among concert goers and fans. The sea of U2 fans, otherwise strangers on the street, smiled at each other and held hands as if family while singing along to the greatest hits. Everyone in Madison Square Garden that evening was united by music and deep appreciation for it.
This, however, is nothing compared to what Scripture describes in today’s passage. Nothing. It doesn’t even come close, for Scripture illustrates a host of millions of “fans.” Millions — altogether, everywhere — singing the blessing, honor, glory, and power of Christ the King. Now, that’s a concert remaining on my bucket list. What about you?
Aram Baenext >
God to whom all blessing, honor, glory, and power is due, you are truly too majestic for words. I am humbled to know that an amazing God calls me by name, knows my deepest longings and worries, and loves me endlessly. Thank you for being that kind of God. Amen.next >
Christ my Lord, be alive and real in my life.
Christ my Friend, be near and true to your word.
Christ my God, be honored in what I say and do.
Aram Bae is the Director of Family Ministries at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in the heart of Manhattan. She also teaches Christian education courses as an adjunct professor at the New York Theological Seminary. In addition to her passion for youth ministry, there is nothing she loves more than a (large) plate of fried chicken, barbecue ribs, and collard greens (cornbread sweetens the pot, too).
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