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Saturday, April 23, 2022
Today’s Scripture Reading | Revelation 1:4–8
John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Look! He is coming with the clouds;
every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (NRSV)
I enjoy looking at the clouds. Lying back on the grass and making shapes out of fluffy clouds in the sky. Or on my commute, looking up and trying to predict if the clouds are bringing with them a storm. In the evenings, when the sunset lights up the clouds in magnificent shades of red, purple, and orange. In the summer, watching heat lightning lighting up the clouds in the night sky.
As I read this passage, I see the clouds as the sun cuts through after a terrible storm. After all, John is writing to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia, to Christians who were suffering Roman oppression for their beliefs. All this trumpeting and extoling of the glories of the Trinity brings with it a great promise. A promise that this too shall pass. A promise that after this storm of oppression God, who is with us in the storm and was with us before the storm, will be there after the storm.
While my world looks very different from that of these early Christians who were being persecuted by the Romans for their beliefs, I find comfort in this reminder that God is eternal, the Alpha and the Omega, and has dominion over all things. That God is with me every step of my journey. Even when the world feels out of balance, there is the promise that, in time, it will be set right.
Almighty God, you are the Alpha and the Omega. Even when things feel lost, you are here. Help me to hear your promise and to trust in your glory. Amen.
Written by Katie Patterson, Youth Ministry Program Manager
Reflection and prayer © Fourth Presbyterian Church
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