Prayer: Give us the vision of life with you, O Lord.
Reading: Revelation 21:1-6a (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: It’s Halloween! All Hallow’s Eve. The night before All Saints’ Day--the day we remember those who have died. God’s Saints. And we wonder—what are those who have died experiencing? Mom, dad, brother Paul, sister Pat. I don’t know, but I’m sure it is good.
John had a vision. He, too, wondered about life after death. New heaven. New earth. New Jerusalem. Heaven coming to earth. God living among us. Tears all dried. No mourning, crying or pain. “I am making all things new,” John heard the one seated on the throne proclaim.
John’s vision. My vision. Your vision. I don’t know what my folks are experiencing exactly. I know it is good. And here is why I know it is good. Because God is in charge. Because God is doing it. John heard God say, “It is done.”
Enjoy the fun of All Hallow’s Eve.” Enjoy the firm reality that those saints who have died live in the presence of God. And so do you.
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