Prayer: Dear God, thank you for wiping away every tear from our eyes. Amen (Rev. 7: 17)
Reading: Revelation 7: 9-17 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
If I could hear what the angels hear,
the thunderous sound of a crashing tear;
Holy, Holy in my ear,
I'd never doubt that God is near.
(If I Could See from Amy Grant's album, How Mercy Looks from Here)
The song, If I Could See (What the Angels See), is one of my favorites and this particular verse always makes me stop and wonder. Just think. To God, a tear crashes and makes a thunderous sound, which is such a comfort to know.
The book of Revelation is complicated and confusing. Yet bits of it are pure and simple. God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. The falling of our tears is heard because God is so near to us. The sound is loud because God cares so much about us. Knowing that, we can feel almost feel them being wiped away.
If we could hear what the angels hear, we'd never doubt that God is near. --Ruth Gates
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