We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on May 4, 2016.
Prayer: Alpha and Omega, you are with us from beginning to end. Come, Lord Jesus. May your grace be with your people. Amen.
Reading: Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21 (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?
Reflection: I know I have said this before but Revelation is a baffling book of the Bible and our verses today seem to just hop, skip and jump through the 22nd chapter. What am I ever going to do with that? Well, I guess it would help to read them. See, I already had reservations going into the writing, rolled my eyes at the thought of keeping track of which verses to focus on and pretty much gave up before even starting. How many times do we do that with anything in life?
Well, upon reading the verses, I hear a common theme for our devotion today: "I am coming soon." (v. 12 and 20) to which our response is "Amen. Come Lord Jesus." That is not so hard to grasp. And here is something else I noticed. Revelation 22: 21 is the very last verse of the Bible!
From Genesis 1: 1, "In the beginning God created..." to Revelation 22: 21, "The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen." we have hopped, skipped and jumped through much of the Bible. As with anything in life, God is with us from beginning to end. Let's hop, skip and jump right in.
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