So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!
2 Corinthians 5:17
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me,
And I’m feeling good
Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse in “Feeling Good” (1964)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
God, I sit and I meditate on the idea of a new heaven and a new earth. I take a deep breath and ask for your guidance. What might a new heaven and a new earth look like? What might it mean to me? Help me to look and to see, to witness and to imagine. I seek so that I might find.
I ponder: is this New Jerusalem the place where true believers go to spend eternity with you? Or could it be that New Jerusalem is – as Jesus taught about the kingdom of God – already here? Could it be that your grace has opened the gates, and we may enter into it by our own thoughts, words, and deeds… through our own choices, made in love, in the present time?
I close out my meditation by saying thank you, God. I listen for your voice in my life.
Creator, help me to live every day as your Son our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to live.
Open my heart to your ways and bless us all that collectively we may bring about your kingdom, setting aside selfish goals and desires, to walk in the newness of life.
Thanks be to God.
“There’s a season for everything… a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted… a time for tearing down and a time for building up, a time for crying and a time for laughing… ” (Ecclesiastes 3)
Practice faith. It helps us make it through the seasons.
And as the cycles pass, remember that each ending is, in its own way, the beginning of something new.