WFW - A New Heaven and A New Earth

What an incredible promise from our Father God - for those who have repented and have trusted in the name of Jesus Christ alone, will forever be remembered; will forever remain with our Sovereign Creator, the Great I Am!

Today is a beautiful day to give thanks to our great and awesome God! But then again, isn't every day?

As I looked at all three of these pictures, I couldn't choose which one to use because I felt as if they all described the meditations of my heart:

  • My heart overflows with the well-spring of Life found only in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Acts 4:11-12)
  • My continual prayer is that I reflect the brilliant beauty of our Savior. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
  • I remember the Lord said that one day, He will right all the wrongs and will come with His winnowing fork to separate the chaff from the wheat; and all temporal sufferings will pass as those called by His name will enter His presence forever. (Luke 3:17)
  • And I pray that I be like this tree, growing in the knowledge of Him who alone has saved my life, in spite of myself. (Psalm 1:1-3 & Colossians 1:10)

As we look forward to a new year, we are reminded of the greater newness yet to come in the new creation. At midnight tonight our calendars will change, but the world will be otherwise the same. Someday, however, God will renew all things. In that day, sorrow will be swallowed up by rejoicing (Rev. 21:3-4). In the meanwhile, even in the midst of life’s difficulties and pains, we rejoice in the fact that we are God’s people. We belong to him, and nothing in all creation can take his love away from us (Rom. 8:18-39). I can’t think of a better foundation for a new year: the hope of God’s new creation and the reassurance that we belong to him forever.

excerpt from Daily Reflection & Prayer 12-31-08
, Laity Lodge Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence

Happy WFW & Happy New Year!

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